I have read a fair bit about Clark Kerr, and skimmed some of his writings, but I had missed this titbit (quoted in Nature by Colin Macilwain). ‘It was Clerk Kerr, a former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, who most memorably defined the role of a university administrator: to arrange parking for the staff, sex for the students and sports for the alumni’. I have a definitive opinion on the merits of two of these three issues.