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Sylvia Spears: That Was Quick
After 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.
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…