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Don’t Waste Your Time Applying to Be Dean of the College
As both President Wright and President Kim did in searches involving Provost/Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt, Kim has now signaled loudly that the search for a new Dean of the College will be a sham at best. From today’s D:
The College announced in August that Spears would fill the position vacated by former Dean of the College Tom Crady for a period of two years, at which point a national search for a permanent replacement will take place, The Dartmouth previously reported.
Kim cited Spears as a “very strong candidate” for the permanent Dean of the College position.
“I think Spears has done a fantastic job as [acting] Dean of the College,” Kim said. “We’re going to do a search but it’s hard for me to imagine there’s someone who will bring as much expertise and such a great track record to the job.”
Would you apply to be the next Dean of the College when Kim has already publicly anointed our friend, Sylvia Spears (aka Wild Dancer) — whose only administrative experience, prior to becoming acting Dean of the College, was heading up the ten-person OPAL office? Today she oversees 25 significant areas of the College with a total budget in the neighborhood of a hundred million dollars, including the entire athletics department.
I had hoped for greater integrity from Jim Kim in the conduct of the College’s affairs, as compared to Jim Wright, but it now seems clear that it’s business as usual at Parkhurst. The outcome of searches is pre-ordained, and energetic outsiders who might rock the boat are of no interest to the cozy bunch who feed off of Mother Dartmouth.
We can expect similar signals in the Dean of Faculty search. If they are forthcoming, we’ll see the selection of another mediocre insider, someone guaranteed not to bring anything resembling reform and innovation to a still-drifting institution.
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…
August 23, 2009
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…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…