As I reported on the University of Maryland constructing a $7.2 million president’s house (and students questioning whether that’s the best cause for donors to support), I kept hearing this sentiment from all sorts of people: There’s just something about being invited into the president’s home that makes students, faculty, donors and others feel personally connected to the school, says Jenna Johnson, columnist for the Washington Post

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