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Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this?
By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had been the highly regarded V.P of Student Services at Grinnell College, where, among other tolerant and student-friendly policies, he supervised the lenient enforcement of the underage drinking laws. In fact, he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on student drinking habits.
During the 2005-2007 period, according to Clery Act statistics, Grinnell saw a total of seven (7!) college disciplinary actions for alcohol violations, and not one of its 1,600 students was arrested by the local police for alcohol-related infractions. During the same time period, Dartmouth’s 4,200 students were disciplined 493 times for alcohol violations and 239 students were arrested for this offence.
It doesn’t take a math whiz to understand that Crady’s ongoing effort to revamp the SEMP rules was going to entail major, liberalizing changes in Hanover - if he could have gotten them enacted. But there’s the rub. The rule in Hanover for two decades has been: “Don’t change anything! Change entails work and risk, and who wants to take the blame for making something worse.” All tired bureaucracies work like this, unless they contain leaders who really want to get things done.
But, as Tom Crady found out, that kind of forceful person doesn’t last long in Hanover these days. So like so many other vigorous leaders over the past decade (Mike Gazzaniga, Jamshed Bharucha, Danny Blanchflower, and Andy Harvard come quickly to mind) who have been expelled/repelled as foreign bodies by the assemblage of mediocrities that make up Dartmouth’s administration, Tom Crady decided to exit the Dartmouth scene early, rather than butt heads unproductively with the bureaucrats who have been in power for two decades - the people who should really be leaving town.
How long is it going to take President Kim to figure this out?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…