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Presidential Search Committee Appointed
The members of the Presidential Search Committee have been announced, and there are a few surprises. Anyone on the Board of Trustees with even a tangential relation to the academy has made it onto the Committee: Denise M. Dupré ‘80 (hotel management), Annette Gordon-Reed ‘81 (law), and John A. Rich ‘80 (medicine) — though none of them has any significant experience teaching undergrads.
Among the undergraduate faculty chosen, Professor of Music Steve Swayne is the only representative from the humanities; one would have expected a more prominent figure perhaps. Curiously, two professors from the sciences were picked: Professor of Environmental Studies Anne Kapuscinski and Biology Professor Mary Lou Guerinot. Rounding out the faculty is Govy Professor William Wohlforth.
An unexpected choice: Emily P. Bakemeier ‘82, Deputy Provost for the Arts and Humanities at Yale, who does not seem to have an ongoing academic relationship with the College right now, other than as an active alumna. She was President of the Alumni Council in 1992. (Hey, she might make a good Provost soon enough.)
At first glance, the range of people chosen seems broad and thoughtful. The addition of Emily Bankmeier is a creative one, and the various Trustees chosen haven’t been on the Board for very long (i.e. they weren’t under the influence of Jim Wright). But I’ll wait to hear from faculty contacts for further thoughts.
One caveat: in committees like this, experience is important, but the courage to put up a fight and avoid a railroaded Presidential choice — which was the case with Jim Kim — is vital.
- and don’t forget Chairman of the Board of Trustees Steve Mandel ‘78 (whose name appears on the Presidential Search Committee bio website, but not in the announcement above).
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…
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