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The Right Honorable President Folt

Alumni Council representatives are now circulating the below canned paragraph to explain how IP Folt is permitted to call herself President:

President Folt acknowledges that she is in an interim role, and writes and speaks about her position as such. Her time in office will be from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. The Board of Trustees decided that during the full year that she has been asked to lead Dartmouth, traveling around the world and the country representing us all, her title should be President Carol Folt. As she travels around the world and the country it serves the College better to have her introduced as President Folt. The situation is interim but the title is not. In honor of her extraordinary knowledge of the College and her lifelong service to Dartmouth, the board is confident that the title of President Folt is appropriate during this year long transition. It was a decision of the Board of Trustees to support her work and the College with this title.

“Extraordinary knowledge” and “lifelong service,” indeed. As I have said before, we’ll know if our next President is of the necessary quality by how quickly Carol Folt is hustled back to her lab. If she is given a senior post in the next administration, the College will continue to drift.

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