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Not Another Patsy, Please
The Kim administration seems to be settling into the same pattern of making internal personnel appointments that the Wright administration followed: no need to go outside the College for new hires; simply choose your senior people from the longtime assistants and office staffers who have been here for decades.
This is an effective formula if all you are seeking is popularity in Hanover. The gladhanders who are everyone’s friend rise up, and all staffers can believe that a top job will be theirs one day if they dutifully serve their time.
To date, the only new administrators that Jim Kim has brought to the College have been his longtime confederates Steven Kadish and Linda Snyder; all other appointments have been internal. And the pattern is set to continue in filling the V.P. of Alumni Relations job that David Spalding vacated when he moved up to become Kim’s Chief of Staff this spring.
It seems that some kind of formal Alumni Relations search is ongoing, but a search committee has not been named publicly. A quick poll of prominent alumni confirms that no general notice has been given to alums that the position is open. And while rumor has it that the search will be conducted by the headhunters Isaacson Miller, the firm that handled the recent presidential search for the College, the only Dartmouth-related position mentioned on that firm’s website is for a Vice President for Finance.
The front runner for the Alumni Relations position is Patricia Fisher ‘81, Acting V. P. of Alumni Relations. Patsy has been at the College since 1988 and in her 22 uninterrupted years of service in Hanover, she has worked on all manner of alumni-related projects. By all accounts she has been an able administrator and a cooperative colleague. But what exactly will she bring to the table as a leader?
Longtime Dartblog readers will recognize this profile. In fact, it matches that of Acting AD and heir presumptive Bob Ceplikas ‘78 (31 years in Hanover), newly appointed Dean of the Faculty Mike Mastanduno (23 years), Provost Carol Folt (23 years), Director of Admissions Maria Laskaris (23 years), Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity Holly Sateia (36 years), Director of Outdoor Programs Dan Nelson ‘75 (23 years), V. P. for Advancement Carrie Pelzel (13 years), and so on.
As always, lest I incur the wrath of the bien pensant feel-gooders out there, let me state that the above folks are quite personable when you chat with them at the Canoe Club or at a cocktail party. But goodness has little to do with effective hiring, dearie. Jim Kim should be bringing strong, experienced people to Hanover, folks whose real world achievements as senior executives give them the vision to break old patterns and improve the College. There is enough groupthink around here without promoting more people from the in-group.
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
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