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Higher Education: Marijuana at the Mansion is a story of power, politics, and just plain bad manners at the uppermost echelons of university life, as told by a former first lady of three major American universities. It is a candid and often humorous portrayal of the no-holds-barred corporate maneuverings of university leadership—of how sitting university presidents are clandestinely courted and stolen; of faithless relationships among top-level university officials; and of the hypocrisy of those who present themselves and their universities as society’s moral beacons.

About Constance Bumgarner Gee

Constance Bumgarner Gee was the first lady and a faculty member at Vanderbilt University, Brown University, and Ohio State University. She taught courses in public policy and in arts and education policy.


“VANDERBILT REINS IN LAVISH SPENDING of Star Chancellor,” announced the Wall Street Journal on 26 September 2006. Five months of journalistic sleuthing, which the star chancellor likened to “a public proctological examination,” preceded this front-page exposé in the nation’s most respected financial newspaper.