The first time Max Nikias crossed my radar was back in 2005 was when he became provost.
A member of his staff marveled at the renovations that were taking place to his new office.
“He has to be the next president because I doubt they would allow this to happen for just a normal provost,” the staffer told me.
Years later, Nikias would tell me personally how he micro-managed construction projects, even personally picking the type of trees that would line walkways. He was a big fan is of spires and redesigned the Hecuba statue when it did not meet his wishes.
I mention all this because I find it hard to believe that Nikias would live in the presidential mansion in San Marino for eight years and allow it to fall into such a state of disrepair that it requires $20 million in renovations, according to Rick Caruso.
Even a realtor familiar with the house said they doubted that story. But it is a good defense when the new president wants to live by the beach.