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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.

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