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More On Wright’s Hires

Perhaps I just never noticed the below table before, or maybe it is a welcome example of Kim-era transparency, but the Dartmouth Fact Book now has its own information on staff growth over the past decade:

FactBook Staff.jpg

These figures, which consistently compare 1999 with 2008, show that non-faculty staff grew from 2,408 to 3,417 employees over the first ten years of Jim Wright’s presidency, a net increase of 1,009 employees: +41.9%.

I no longer have any breath to be taken away. Do you?

Note: I wrote a piece about the on-the-ground details of increased headcounts in the D in February. It seems staff levels have ballooned all over the administration in the last decade or so:

For instance, if you examine the evolution of Dartmouth’s personnel directory from 1997 to 2007, you will find that every administrative office has increased its headcount dramatically.

In 1997, the President’s Office numbered 6.5 full-time employees; 10 years later there were 10. During that time period, the Dean of the Faculty Office went from 14 to 28 full-time employees. The Dean of the College Office went from 16 to 26; the Provost’s Office went from 6.5 to 11.5; and the combined headcount of the First-Year Office, the Office of Student Life and the Office of Residential Life went from 26.5 to 47.

Addendum: If the thought crossed your mind that all of these hires are due to an increase in sponsored research at the College, you may trouble yourself no further: in 1997 sponsored research amounted to 23.3% of Dartmouth’s total expenditures, and in 2009 it was 23.5% of the total. Research spending did rise as high as 29.4% in 2004, but the College’s total headcount has not dropped since then, as you can see above.


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