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More Wasted Money Out the Door
The College cannot stop hiring people to perform superfluous functions. For a half-dozen years, until the budget cutting began in earnest, the College subsidized the memberships of its employees at the health club that I own in Hanover. The cost was minimal, the subsidy relieved crowding at the College’s fitness facilities, and it helped faculty and staff stay healthy and escape the pressure of the Dartmouth Bubble.
The College still does not have the resources for this kind of subsidy, but suddenly it seems to have the cash to hire a Health Promotions and Wellness Program Director. Just what we desperately need at Camp Dartmouth, someone who:
Promotes health, wellness and prevention as core values of Dartmouth College. Provides leadership in the development, planning, implementation, coordination, assessment, and continuous improvement of a comprehensive health and prevention program to enhance the physical and emotional wellbeing for more than 9,000 College employees, retirees, and family members.
This position seems to have nothing to do with students, you will have noted. What can we expect? Group calisthenics on the Green for staff members who don’t have enough to do during working hours? Suggestions for expensive ergonomic chairs for our pampered administrators? Ideas about active recreation when union members enjoy their 5+ weeks of annual vacation?
What we do know is that Dartmouth College has survived for 245 years without employing someone in this capacity. I guess that there is nothing too good for the staff — even though we charge students the second highest level of tuition, room and board, and fees in the Ivy League.
Base salary for the Health Promotions and Wellness Program Director will be in the area of $80,000, though you can add another $30,000 or so onto that for benefits and other expenses. (President Kim, That’s about the cost of a new faculty member in your beloved Humanities.)
A Dartmouth professor writes in to express her concern:
Did you see this? What chutzpah. After cutting our piddling $15/month subsidy at the RVC, they hire someone at thousands of dollars!
I realize you have a conflict of interest, but say something in Dartblog about this latest absurdity.
A Faculty Member
From: “Madeleine L. Overman”
Date: June 29, 2011 1:03:52 PM EDT
Subject: PAF Announcement on Employee Wellness Director Candidate Presentation
June 29, 2011
To Members of the President’s Administrative Forum:
As you may know, Dartmouth is planning to implement a comprehensive employee wellness program over the coming year. One of the first steps in this process is to hire a Health Promotions and Wellness Program Director. A small search committee including representatives from the College Benefit Council (CBC) has met with several candidates over the past couple of months.
Since this position will be expected to work across the campus to improve health and wellness of the employee, retiree and dependent populations, we felt that it was critical to involve others in the hiring decision. To that end, as the final step in the interview process, finalists will be coming to campus to make presentations for a group of College representatives. The presentations will include 1) an overview of their background in employee wellness, 2) a preliminary recommendation for Dartmouth College, and 3) an opportunity for questions and answers. If you are available, we would welcome your participation in these presentations. We will ask all attendees to complete an evaluation after the presentation. This evaluation will be a critical part of the hiring decision.
One of the finalists (Jason Morgan) will be presenting tomorrow (Thursday, June 30) from 9:30 am - 10:30 am in Kemeny 007. We hope you can attend.
Feel free to forward this invitation to others who might be interested in participating.
We appreciate your assistance in this process.
Lynda Baker, Acting VP for Human Resources
Tricia Spellman, Assistant VP for Finance
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…