There are some signs that my hottest candidate to replace Conrad Harper in the Harvard Corporation has a nonzero chance to be elected. During the last FAS faculty meeting, some people argued that the new member of the corporation should be tightly connected with the academic world - which may have been an indirect criticism against Colin Powell, proving that the discussion about him is serious.
Harvard should fight almost as much as possible to get him for this position. Is there some evidence that Colin Powell is suited for the administrative positions in the academic world? Sure. He is also being considered to become the twelfth president of Cornell University. How much is the Kremlin on the Charles able and willing to fight back?