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Our Newest Trustee: Mitch Kurz ‘73

Mitch Kurz.jpgOur newest Trustee, save for a likely unanimous vote this afternoon by the Alumni Council and the wasteful and costly formality of a one-candidate election in the spring, is Mitch Kurz ‘73, formerly the CEO of the Young & Rubicam ad agency. At first glance, he is an utterly predictable choice: very rich, white, Harvard Business School (where he was a classmate of George W. Bush), one of the old boys. He’ll fit right in. But he bears a second look: after he walked away with $35 million in 1998 when Y&R went public, he became a middle school teacher, and in some tough schools at that. He taught math in the Bronx, helped found charter schools in Harlem, and he is on the board of trustees of Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone, where he is the board’s treasurer and director of HCZ’s Promise Academy Charter Schools. He is also a college adviser/academic dean and head of the Mathematics department at the Bronx Center for Science and Math. All that said, he has no experience at all in higher education, like virtually all of Dartmouth’s Trustees.

Addendum: Kurz wrote the following piece a couple of years ago for the Tucker Foundation’s Points News newsletter (click on the image to enlarge it):

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Update: As predicted above, Kurz was endorsed unanimously by the Alumni Council. You might think that just one councillor would vote no as a protest against yet another one-candidate election.

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