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Kadish/Snyder: That Didn’t Take Long
Three days after Jim Kim was nominated to head the World Bank on March 23, I wrote the following:
So what now for Dartmouth? One can expect that Kim’s cronies Chief Financial Officer/Executive Vice President Steven Kadish and his wife Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Linda Snyder will be in a southbound convoy with Kim, leaving the College in the lurch.
Given the positions announced yesterday for Steven Kadish (Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer at Northeastern) and Linda Snyder (Vice President for Operations at Tufts), it is beyond clear that the dysfunctional duo had their resumés out lickety-split — if not before the official Kim announcement. Searches for these kinds of jobs are not accomplished in a few weeks.
What can we learn from this débâcle? The Trustees should make it a rule that a President cannot place his pals in senior positions at the College, lest the administration be decapitated. Real searches should result in the selection of competent, experienced administrators who intend to give a good many years to the College.
With the departure of Kadish and Snyder, and the loss in the past few months of Senior Vice President for Advancement Carrie Pelzel, DHMC Chief Advancement Officer Brian Lally, Vice President for Communications Roddy Young, and Director of Real Estate Paul Olsen, the College is on auto-pilot, to put it charitably. A less friendly phrasing would be that we have no administration at all now. The College’s next President is going to need a taste for hard work. The place is an utter mess.
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…