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Sylvia Spears: That Was Quick

Spears7.pngAfter being hired to head up New England College’s new Doctorate in Education program last September, former Dean of the College Sylvia Spears has left NEC to take a new position: Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Emerson College. Draw whatever conclusion you want from her eight-month tenure at NEC; Dartblog’s take is that she couldn’t cut it in a job where real people had to receive a real education. She’s now headed back to the safety (and unaccountability) of the diversity racket.

Going from Dartmouth’s Dean of the College position to Emerson’s Dean of Diversity is a drop in the hierarchy of a great many levels, like moving from the Red Sox starting rotation to pitching for the Class A Lowell Spinners. The move is definitive proof of how embarrassingly incompetent Jim Kim’s appointment of Spears was in the first place — as this space pointed out when Spears first became Dean of the College in August of 2009:

Sylvia Spears is in so far over her head in this job that she won’t even be able to see the surface. Has she ever hired or fired anyone in the positions that she has held? I mean, anyone at all? Does she have any management skills/experience? Has she ever prepared a budget and stuck to it?

Even by the lax standards of the academy, appointing Sylvia Spears as Dean of the College is incomprehensible to anyone with a modicum of business experience.

Interestingly enough, Spears was hired for her new job by Emerson President Lee Pelton, who was Dartmouth’s Dean of the College from 1991 to 1998. Pelton came to Hanover after being poached from Colgate University, the same career path followed by current Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson.


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