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Paul Danos: The Sound of Leadership
Word from the inside is that Paul Danos was going to be the interim-President but he withdrew his acceptance of the Trustees’ offer following a day of reflection. Too bad. The man is the kind of quiet, effective leader that the College needs (not a noisy, ineffective one like we had for the past three years — and, if you don’t already know, not a quiet, ineffective one like we have now).
Below is Danos’ recent report to Tuck alumni. Give a listen. He describes actual events, measurable results, and above all, there is no bombast about rankings and world-beating quality. As a friend once said to me, “The leaders of great schools don’t talk about who they are, they talk about what they are doing.”
It was only a matter of time before a prominent business school decided to do its own version of Facebook to better connect alumni around the world. Not surprisingly, the school that will launch its Facebook-like network is Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.
Next month, the school will take the wraps off of an impressive and innovative effort to use a private social network to more effectively link its 9,100 alumni—already the most loyal and generous of any business school in the world—with each other as well as the Tuck’s faculty and current students.
“The most loyal and generous of any business school in the world.” Hmm. People used to say that about Dartmouth’s alums, back when alumni giving was at 70% each year — as Tuck’s is today. Isn’t it nice when independent publications sing a school’s praises. If an administration concentrates on materially improving an institution, it can count on others to do the horn-blowing.
Note: According to the Council for Aid to Education, which conducts a national survey of colleges and universities to document private giving, in 2011 Dartmouth ranked 17th in the nation with an alumni giving rate of 43.5%. The College does not seem to have publicly released its own update to this figure in several years.
Addendum: The other day Business Week had a laudatory report on how Tuck is using on-line learning to supplement student preparation for classes. Paul Danos is quoted as saying that “he believes his school is at the forefront of this trend, and he expects others will follow.”
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…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…