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

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

While we are looking at potential Trustee candidates to supplement the monolithic money men on the Board, how about some consideration for the Governors and Senators among Dartmouth’s alumni? These are people who have dealt with executive issues of the type facing a College President, including labor unions and, most importantly, educational questions in their state university systems.

King.jpgAngus King ‘66, former Governor of the State of Maine. King earned a law degree at the University of Virginia Law School in 1969. In the 1980s King served as Vice President of a company which developed alternative energy projects in New England, and in 1989 he founded Northeast Energy Management. The company developed, installed, and operated large-scale electrical energy conservation projects at commercial and industrial facilities throughout south-central Maine. King became Governor of Maine in 1995, a position he held until 2003. Elected as an Independent in 1994 in his first run for public office, he was re- elected in 1998 by one of the largest margins in Maine history. King lists among his accomplishments as governor a rebuilding of the state’s mental health and corrections systems; improvements in the state’s service capability, including on-line services; an increase in the state’s commitment to research and development; the largest increase of lands in conservation in the state’s history; and a program that provided a laptop computer to every seventh and eighth grade student in the state.

Hoeven.jpgJohn Hoeven ‘79, Governor of North Dakota. Hoeven received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and was a banker in Minot, North Dakota prior to pursuing a political career. From 1993 to 2000, he was the president and CEO of the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. He sought the office of the Governor of North Dakota in 2000, and he was elected by a margin of 55 to 45 percent. Hoeven’s governorship has also included a number of high-profile lawsuits brought against the state on everything from water management to hunting licenses to prison abuse. In 2004 he won re-election by a vote of 71 to 28 percent. In late 2006, the state’s budget surplus rose past $600 million dollars. As of November 2006, Hoeven is the most popular governor in the nation. His approval rating stood at 86 percent with only 10 percent disapproving. He is currently running for Senator.

Fitzgerald.jpgPeter Fitzgerald ‘82, former Illinois Senator. Fitzgerald completed his post-graduate studies as a Rotary Scholar at Aristotelian University in Greece, and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1986. Fitzgerald’s family has been continuously involved in commercial banking since the mid-1940s. Throughout his six-year tenure in the Senate, Fitzgerald battled with the state party leadership. He insisted on the appointment of an out-of-state US attorney to investigate corruption in the Illinois state government, which led to several indictments, including that of former Republican Governor George Ryan and Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich. Fitzgerald declined to run for reelection largely because many insiders who had failed to support him in his first run in 1998 had made it clear he would not have their support again. Fitzgerald is now Chairman of Chain Bridge Bank, N.A. in McLean, Virginia. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Gillibrand.jpgKirsten Gillibrand ‘88, New York Senator. Gillibrand was sworn in as New York’s Senator in January 2009, filling the seat of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to her appointment to the Senate, Gillibrand served in the House of Representatives, representing New York’s 20th Congressional District, which spans ten counties in upstate New York. Gillibrand received her law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1991 and served as a law clerk on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. After working as an attorney in New York City for more than a decade, Senator Gillibrand served as Special Counsel to United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Andrew Cuomo during the Clinton Administration. She then worked as an attorney in Upstate New York before becoming a member of Congress.

Kitzhaber.jpgJohn Kitzhaber ‘69, former Governor of Oregon. Kitzhaber is a medical educator and was Governor for two terms from 1995-2003. Prior to becoming a politician in Oregon, he was a practicing physician. He graduated from Oregon Health & Science University with a medical degree in 1973. Kitzhaber practiced medicine from 1973 to 1986 in Roseburg, Oregon as an emergency room physician. He began his political career in 1979 as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives for one term. In 1980, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate, where he served three terms from 1981 to 1993, and he was the president of the Senate from 1985 until 1993. As Oregon Senate President, he was the chief author of the state’s government-funded health care plan, the Oregon Health Plan. In May 2010, during his campaign for a third term as Governor, he won the Democratic primary.

Mckernan.jpgJohn McKernan ‘70, former Governor of Maine. McKernan attended the University of Maine School of Law. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming Governor from 1987 to 1995. He also served in the State House from 1973 to 1977. He was Chief Executive Officer of Education Management Corporation from 2003-2006; he now serves as Executive Chairman. He has also served as a Director of ImmuCell Corporation since 1995. Mckernan has been married to current U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe since 1989.

Campbell.jpgGordon Campbell ‘70, Premier of British Columbia. In 2001, Campbell was sworn in as the province’s 34th premier, with the largest majority in B.C. history. He was re-elected in 2005 and again in 2009, making him the first premier in 26 years - and only the fourth in B.C. history - to be elected to three consecutive terms. Campbell was Mayor of Vancouver for three successive terms from 1986 to 1993. Prior to that, he was a developer. He served for two years in the Canadian University Service Overseas program as a secondary school teacher in Nigeria, Africa. Campbell was instrumental in bringing the 2010 Winter Olympics to British Columbia.

Here’s one more Trustee candidate from the Senate: I hope that it is not jumping the gun to include the odds-on favorite to be Ohio’s junior Senator in November:

Portman.jpgRob Portman ‘79, heavily favored to be next Ohio Senator. Portman earned his JD degree from the University of Michigan Law School and, after several years in private practice, began his career in public service as Associate White House Counsel. He later served as Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. In 1993, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and won subsequent elections with 3:1 majorities. Portman remained in Congress until 2005, when he was appointed the United States Trade Representative. The next year he became the Director of the federal Office of Management and Budget. Portman is currently of counsel in the Cincinnati office of the Squire, Sanders & Dempsey law firm.

And another talented academic has been brought to Dartblog’s attention, one with plenty of practical experience in industry, and specifically in supply chain management — one of President Kim’s favorite catchphrases.

Graves.jpgStephen Graves ‘73, Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Graves earned his MBA at the University of Rochester along with his MS and Ph.D. in Operations Research. He does work in the development and application of operations research models and methods to solve problems in manufacturing systems, supply chains and service operations. Current projects include supply chain optimization; strategic inventory positioning in a supply chain; tactical issues in e-retailing; and production planning and scheduling for various contexts. In 2009 he chaired Strategic Review of MIT Sloan’s Undergraduate Programs committee. Graves has been a member of the Advisory Board of Optiant, Inc. since 2000, Chief Scientist at Servigistics Corporation from 2001-2004, and Chief Science Advisor at JDA Software since 2005. He has consulted for numerous industrial clients over the past 30 years.

Once again, a basic question begs to be asked: do all of the members of the College’s current Board of Trustees have qualifications superior to the academics that we reviewed on Friday and to the legislators who are the subject of today’s post. Upon further reflection, that’s not a rhetorical question, just a facetious one.


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