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We Need a Real Board of Trustees, Not the Upper Valley PTA (Part 4/5)

For the full series on the Board: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Addendum.

So what new Trustees from the world of academia could the Board’s five-person Governance Committee and the Alumni Council’s Nominating Committee pick to add to Dartmouth’s Board? I hope you agree that the College needs some real expertise in higher education to supplement the old boys in gray flannel suits who constitute the huge majority of the present Board.

Fortunately, we are not lacking for choice. You may not agree with the politics or like the personalities of all the alumni below, but they are accomplished academics who would break the dreary consensus that marks the current Board. If the Governance Committee were to add two academics as Charter Trustees next year, and if the Alumni Council were to pick two educators for next spring’s (probably uncontested) Alumni Trustee election, our Board would be immediately transformed. Who would you vote for (if you still had a vote)?

Kirby.jpgWilliam Kirby ‘72, former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University. Kirby joined Harvard’s History Department in 1992. He chaired the department from 1995 to 2000, and he has been the Geisinger Professor of History since 1999. He holds visiting professorships at Beijing University and Nanjing University and he has taught also at the Free University in Berlin and at the University of Heidelberg. Director of Harvard’s Asia Center from 1999 to 2002, he played a key role in fostering collaboration among Asia scholars at Harvard. Before going to Harvard, he was Professor of History, Dean of University College, and Director of Asian Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Hanlon.jpgPhilip Hanlon ‘77, Provost of the University of Michigan. A Michigan faculty member since 1986, Hanlon served as associate dean for planning and finance in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts from 2001-2004 and as vice-provost for academic and budgetary affairs from 2004-June 2010. As vice provost he led campus-wide initiatives on interdisciplinary learning and teaching, and established new policies and processes that are leading to more effective use of the University’s space and facilities. As a mathematician, Hanlon focuses on probability and combinatorics with applications to bioinformatics and theoretical computer science. He is an expert on topics such as computational genetics, cryptology, and card shuffling. An accomplished and dedicated teacher, Hanlon has continued to teach while holding administrative appointments.

Pisano.jpgEtta Pisano ‘79, Dean of the College of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Pisano served at the UNC School of Medicine in various capacities for over 20 years. Dr. Pisano joined the UNC faculty in 1989 as an Assistant Professor in Radiology, serving as the Chief of Breast Imaging from 1989 to 2005. In 2003, she was appointed the founding Director of the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center, and has since raised over $20 million from private donors, industry, and the University to support its activities. Dr. Pisano was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2008. Among other honors, Dr. Pisano received the UNC-CH Award for the Advancement of Women in 2009, and the Gold Medal of the Association of University Radiologists in 2010.

Papp.jpgDaniel Papp ‘69, President of Kennesaw State University. Papp received his doctorate in international affairs from the University of Miami. His academic specialties include international security policy, U.S. and Russian foreign and defense policies, and international system change. He served as senior vice chancellor for academics and fiscal affairs of the University System of Georgia. Papp directed educational programs for Yamacraw, Georgia’s initiative to become the global leader in broadband technologies and components. He was the founding director of Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and director of the Georgia Tech School of Social Sciences. Papp was also visiting professor at the Western Australia Institute of Technology; research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College and at the Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education of the U.S. Air War College; and visiting professor at Fudan University in Shanghai. In 1993, Papp was selected Georgia Tech’s “Distinguished Professor,” the first time the honor was awarded to a faculty member who was not an engineer or physical scientist.

Gazzaniga.jpgMike Gazzaniga ‘61, Director of the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind at UC Santa Barbara. Gazzaniga’s teaching and research career has included appointments at the University of California at Davis, Dartmouth Medical School, Cornell University Medical College, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the New York University Graduate School. He is president of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute and in 1993 founded the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. Gazzaniga is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Neurological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He serves on the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is also president of the American Psychological Society.

Freeman.jpgRichard Freeman ‘64, Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Freeman holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair and he is currently serving as Faculty Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School. He is also director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance, and visiting professor at the London School of Economics. Professor Freeman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of Sigma Xi. He has served on five panels of the National Academy of Sciences, including the Committee on National Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Scientists. He is currently co-directing the NBER / Sloan Science Engineering Workforce Project.

Dsouza.jpgDinesh D’Souza ‘83, President of The King’s College in New York City. The Mumbai-born scholar is the author of books like Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus and What’s So Great About Christianity. He was a White House policy analyst in the Reagan administration, worked as an editor of the Heritage Foundation’s journal Policy Review, and is a former fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. In recent years, he has become well known for high-profile debates against atheists like Christopher Hitchens.

Kreps.jpgDavid Kreps ‘72, Professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. David Kreps is an economic theorist whose path-breaking work concerns dynamic choice behavior and economic contexts in which dynamic choices are key. He has contributed to the literatures of axiomatic choice theory, financial markets, dynamic games, bounded rationality, and human resource management. Professor Kreps has been recognized for his research as a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and with an honorary doctorate from Université Paris IX. In 1991, he was awarded the MBA Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2010 he was awarded the Robert T. Davis Faculty Award for his service to the GSB.

Drakeman.jpgDon Drakeman ‘75, Lecturer in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Drakeman is the author of Church-State Constitutional Issues, and his writings have appeared in Constitutional Commentary, Journal of Church and State, American Journal of Legal History, The Christian Century, Religion and American Culture and various law reviews. He is also co-editor of Church and State in American History. He has served as legal counsel for a coalition of religious organizations acting as friends of the Court in federal church-state litigation. Drakeman is also an entrepreneur and executive who co-founded two multi-billion dollar biotech companies, Medarex, Inc., and Genmab A/S. Under his leadership as CEO, Medarex raised over a billion dollars, formed alliances with many pharmaceutical companies, developed numerous therapeutic products, and spun-off Genmab, which completed Europe’s largest biotech IPO to date. During his 22 years in the industry, Drakeman has overseen the progress of over 30 innovative new medical products for cancer, infectious disease and inflammation from research concept into clinical trials.

Voll.jpgJohn Voll ‘58, Professor of Islamic history and associate director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Voll taught Middle Eastern, Islamic, and world history at the University of New Hampshire for thirty years before moving to Georgetown in 1995. He has lived in Cairo, Beirut, and Sudan and has traveled widely in the Muslim world. He is a past president of the Middle East Studies Association and also of the New England Historical Association. Voll has served on the Boards of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies, the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the New Hampshire Council on World Affairs, and the Sudan Studies Association.

And a late suggestion from a Dartblog reader:

Fox.jpgMarye Anne Fox, Chancellor, University of California San Diego. Since her appointment, UCSD has established new research and partnership ventures, achieved a $1 billion campaign goal, and expanded academic and campus programs and facilities. Previously Fox served as North Carolina State University’s chancellor, as distinguished university professor of chemistry at NC State, and as Waggoner Regents Chair in chemistry and Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at Austin. Fox received her B.S. from Notre Dame College and her Ph.D. from Dartmouth. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. She has also received honorary degrees from 12 institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Fox has taught courses in chemistry, ranging from lower division to advanced graduate levels. The University of Texas Magazine named her “Best of University of Texas Natural Science Faculty.” She has served as co-chair of a National Science Foundation/National Science Board Task Force on Graduate Education and on Texas, Louisiana, and National Research Council advisory panels for systemic improvement of K-12 science and mathematics education, and teacher training.

What an astoundingly varied and talented group of people. That none of them are on Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees seems to prove the point in yesterday’s post about the intentional insularity of today’s Board.

Note: This list is obviously not exhaustive. If you have other candidates, please send them to:

On Monday we’ll review seven former or present-day state Governors and U.S. Senators — all Dartmouth alumni — whose executive experience with education would help them to be effective members of the College’s Board of Trustees, too.


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