Glenn Beck has made a strong case that Wilson was the worse President of the 20th century, so I thought that the re-assessment would consider some of the reasons that conservatives have always hated him.
Wilson brought us the income tax, the Federal Reserve Bank, and World War I. He said "The purpose of a university should be to make a son as unlike his father as possible."
I get the alumni magazine, but had not noticed this:
the high aims expressed in his memorable phrase, ‘Princeton in the Nation’s Service.’” That phrase is preserved today as part of Princeton’s informal motto, which was amended in 1996 to “Princeton in the Nation’s Service and the Service of All Nations.The new mantras are diversity and inclusiveness, and this is no longer good enuf.
We propose modifying Princeton’s informal motto to “Princeton in the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity.” We do so for two compelling reasons. One is that it captures Princeton’s mission to serve the public good through teaching, research, and service that make a positive difference in the lives of people in this country and throughout the world. But it also permits the University to recast the front campus plaque, allowing it to reflect both the timehonored aspiration stated by Woodrow Wilson and the forward-looking aspiration stated by Justice Sotomayor. The new plaque would contextualize the legacy of Woodrow Wilson; it would allow us to contemporize his expression of Princeton’s commitment to service by linking it to our embrace of the coeducational, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, diverse and inclusive composition and ideals of our community today. ...Princeton is still one of the most elitist universities in the world, accepting only about 5% of applicants. It also has one of the largest endowments, and can afford to give free tuition to all students with just the interest, if it wanted to. And it does not believe in political diversity, as its only complaints about Wilson are that he was not leftist enuf.
Contextualization is imperative. ...
We end this report where we began, by reaffirming our insistence that Princeton be a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors from all backgrounds and perspectives.