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Rosi.jpgIt looks like Dartmouth has hired yet another Sustainability Director to follow in the long line of folks with this title who have passed through Hanover. A letter from Carol Folt announces that Rosi Kerr ‘98 will fill the role. Let’s hope that Kerr is not ensconced far from the action in the attic at Parkhurst like Jim Merkel was; she should be right next to Chief Facilities Officer Linda Snyder in order to offer her expertise when real decisions are made. Here is how Folt’s letter described Rosi’s recent career:

Rosi most recently served as the Director of Sustainability at GreenerU, a company dedicated to helping colleges and universities become climate and environmental leaders. At GreenerU, Rosi provided sustainability leadership and guidance for several universities, including Babson College where she served as the Director of Sustainability. Rosi worked closely with people at all levels of her university clients to maximize campus sustainability efforts and to develop programs to meet their goals.

Prior to her work at GreenerU, Rosi was the Executive Director of the National Senior Conservation Corps; a non-profit organization focused on engaging people over 65 in environmental sustainability. She served as Energy Advisor at Juice Energy, Inc., a renewable energy supplier in New York City, where she developed and deployed sustainability and carbon management strategies for businesses. [Emphasis added]

However, the NYT had an engaging vignette in its December 20, 2007 about the College’s new hire:


There was the time Rosi Kerr, today a 32-year-old New York energy salesperson, then a teaching intern in an elite boarding school, brought her golden retriever puppy, Gus, to a meeting with the school’s director, who happened to be a cat owner. Ms. Kerr wanted to extend her stay at the school, but had a feeling the director did not feel the same.

She certainly had not planned to bring her new puppy, but she was running late.

“I sat in the living room trying to keep an eye on my dog as he wandered and sniffed,” Ms. Kerr said. “Somewhere along the line, I lost track of Gus. As she described how I was not a very good listener, I frantically craned my neck looking for my puppy.”

Gus reappeared just as the director told Ms. Kerr she was being dismissed and dropped a large, kitty litter-encrusted deposit at the director’s feet. [Emphasis added]

Energy Salesperson seems a less exciting position than Energy Advisor, don’t you think? Carol Folt’s puffery knows no bounds.

Note: Kerr will start at the College’s PDL C pay level: she will receive an annual salary of $72,100-$122,700, lavish health and pension benefits, and over five weeks of paid vacation each year, plus holidays. That’s more pay that some tenure-track professors receive when they begin their careers at the College.

Addendum: An ever-helpful reader points me to Rosi’s year-old resumé. It seems that she was a very good salesperson:

After completing her degree, Rosi jumped into the commercial energy markets. At Juice Energy Inc. in New York City, Rosi helped develop the company from a small startup to a major player in the markets it served. Rosi was integral in developing marketing approaches, environmental product design and managing high-level client relationships. Rosi also led the sales team in gross sales.

That said, “jumping into the commercial energy markets” is something that a company or major investor would do, not a newly minted graduate. It seems the Rosi herself has a gift for self-promotion. She’ll fit right in among the administration’s bloviators.


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