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Trustees: Keep a Better Thing Going

The recent appointment of Marye Ann Fox PhD ‘74 to the Board of Trustees provides a glimmer of hope that we may see a move towards Trustees with actual experience in the world of higher education. As I never tire of pointing out, at the current time, other than Trustee Fox, none of the members of the Dartmouth Board has any real experience teaching and administering students in an undergraduate college. Think about that for just a second. While our Trustees may be highly intelligent, and a great many of them have made scads of money, other than Trustee Fox none is versed in the ins and outs of higher education .

In the coming year, three Alumni Trustees will be added to the Board. In all likelihood, and in a sad break with tradition, there will not be competitive elections for these positions. The new Trustees will be chosen by the Alumni Council’s Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee, which is quietly bolstered by an ex officio member, the Chairman of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees.

Perhaps we can all write in to the Committee to point out that the Board long ago fulfilled its quota of private equity investors and hedge fund billionaires. The Search Committee could improve the College by nominating people with the kind of experience that would allow them to intelligently oversee Dartmouth’s operations. There is no shortage of attractive candidates:

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.

Goodman.jpgLouis Goodman ‘64, Professor and Dean Emeritus, American University School of International Service. Goodman carries out research on social change and politics in Latin America. He has published widely on civil-military relations, on foreign investment in developing countries and on determinants of career success for blue-collar workers. He has lived and worked in Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru. Fluent in Spanish, he is also a specialist on the economics, politics, and development of the Global South. In 1992, Goodman served as president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs and, as senior dean of that association, is a widely recognized expert on international affairs education. His publications include 11 books and numerous scholarly articles, including Political Parties and Democracy in Central America; The Military and Democracy: Toward 2000; and Small Nations, Giant Firms.

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.

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