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Athletics Pros Look at Dartmouth
Word has filtered back that various Ivy athletics professionals consider Bob Ceplikas ‘78 to have a lock on the AD job — and as a result certain top-notch candidates have abstained from applying for the position.
Both groups of folks will have already seen other searches at the College where a committee only goes through the motions prior to choosing the President’s well telegraphed internal choice. That was the model consistently followed by the Wright administration (any faculty insider analyzing the identities of members of a search committee could forecast the end result months in advance), and President Kim has kept at it in choosing Carol Folt as Provost. He will do the same with Sylvia Spears.
I can’t over-emphasize how this kind of dishonest process hurts the College’s reputation. In the short term, top candidates won’t join a search procedure that is fixed, and in the long run, an institution that earns a reputation for duplicity does itself no good: the best people don’t want to be at a place that says one thing and does another. Finally, any notion of shared governance between the President and faculty goes out the window when faculty members do not participate in any meaningful way in staffing an administration.
All that said, I am betting that Professor Joe Belbruno has the gumption to run an honest search. We deserve an AD who has already successfully done this job at another institution, and who can bring broad experience and knowledge to Hanover. Hope springs eternal.
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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