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The Stage is Set… Almost
We are only eight weeks into President Kim’s term as the College’s leader, and it looks like a shaky senior management team is more or less set for the next couple of years. Kim has asked political correctness icon Sylvia Spears (Tribal name: Wild Dancer), late of OPAL, to be his acting Dean of the College (relevant experience: you tell me), and at the same time he wants her to study the proper role that the Deanship should have in the future. Barry Scherr will remain in place as Provost, and he, too, will be studying the appropriate role of the Provost for President Kim.
Departing Dean Tom Crady was supposed to have run the search for a new Athletic Director, but with Tom’s sudden departure, that process is now on hold; so it looks like acting AD Bob Ceplikas will be with us for some time as well. The Chief Investment Officer’s slot also remains open, after David Russ’ short, four-year stint in Hanover; no search committee is in place there either, so it seems like the College’s endowment will be managed by a faceless acting committee for the time being. And leader-less OPAL will be run indefinitely by a committee, too.
There have been rumblings that Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt will not be in her position for much longer. Dean Folt, who ran hard for the Presidency over the past few years with the active support of Jim Wright, may be off to more hospitable climes, assuming that some other institution overlooks the characteristics that have caused concern about her among so many faculty members in Hanover: an inability to engage in debate; a tendency to retreat into impenetrable Deanspeak jargon to justify decisions; and the usual imagination-free immobilism that marked the outgoing administration. In fact, last year many leading faculty members acquired No-Folt Insurance - arranging bolt-holes at other institutions - in case Carol actually made the jump to the top job. But even if she leaves soon, it will be a long while before we see a new Dean of the Faculty. In all likelihood, we’ll be saddled with an acting Dean in this position for a while, too, one who, dare I say it, may also be asked by Dr. Kim to study the appropriate role of his/her position at the College.
All in all, an inauspicious start for Jim Kim as a self-proclaimed agent of change. As one friendly wag recently opined, “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” I’d put it differently: it is going to take Dr. Kim a few years to get his bearings in Hanover, and he seems to be in no particular hurry to do so.
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…
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