But it hasn't always been like it is today. A 2010 Chronicle of Higher Education story, citing two studies, revealed that about half of college trustees now came from the corporate world — and "that share has been increasing."

Fast-talking and witty, Frank, a part-time resident of Ogunquit, also sounded angry — especially, during the interview. But he had not had a good week.

Besides being hit with the Times piece, he had been attacked by conservative pundits for his statement on MSNBC that the Boston Marathon bombing "isn't the end of the world."

And, after he told anchor Thomas Roberts that the police response to the bombing made a case for not cutting government services, Roberts asked him, "Do you feel like you're capitalizing and making political hay of this event that happened?"

Frank replied, "Yes, exactly. I'm talking common sense." That statement also became a target.

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