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Presidential Position Profile: Character
When I commented to the Valley News reporter in our interview that the Dartmouth search committee’s Presidential Position Profile was a terribly written document, he, of course, did not share his own view of it. But his Cheshire grin of embarrassment gave away the game. If you haven’t read through the document, take the time to do so; no greater indictment of the College’s current leadership is needed. How sad that none of the literate academics on the search committee had the courage to stand up in protest to the billionaires.
One of the piece’s striking aspects is its laundry list of qualifications: the committee “seeks candidates with the following experience and abilities.” Here are the first eight items:
• A Proven Leader: A record of imaginative and tangible success that will inspire and earn the confidence of all its constituents;
• A Commitment to the Dartmouth Mission: A powerful appreciation for and commitment to the teaching and research missions that are so essential to the Dartmouth identity;
• Academic Credibility: A record of and commitment to exceptional scholarly inquiry, as well as a history of recruiting strong faculty, inspiring productivity, and creating excitement about intellectual inquiry;
• Academic Ambition: The creativity to innovate and the capacity to build research, teaching, and scholarly programs at significant scale that address some of the world’s most compelling challenges;
• An Excellent Communicator: The ability to energize and inspire students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, trustees, and external stakeholders and to persuade audiences locally, nationally, and internationally to believe in Dartmouth’s future;
• The Heart of a Teacher: A personal commitment to teaching and an affinity for students;
• An Experienced Manager: The ability to build strong management teams and execute large, ambitious, and fiscally responsible plans and make difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions;
• A Collaborative Leadership Style: A fair, collaborative, and transparent leadership style that will succeed in an environment of shared governance;
Who comes to mind when you read these bullet points? Nobody particular, right? Let me ask the question another way. What person in Dartmouth’s recent history is the exact opposite of the above? Read them over again. Each one emphasizes some sort of successful past experience in academia. It sure looks like the members of the committee are looking to hire the anti-Jim Kim, doesn’t it? Maybe they are on to something after all?
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…