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Trustee Engles ‘79 in Slippery Deals
A while back we reported how the Hanover Food Co-op had ceased to purchase dairy products from Dean Foods — run by Trustee Gregg Engles ‘79 — after determining that the company had engaged in deceptive marketing practices. It turns out that Engles and his company have been far more aggressive. In a 2,881-word investigative piece, the New York Times has detailed a plethora of shady activities by Engles and various associates. Engles joined the Board as a Charter Trustee in 2011, the same year that Forbes Magazine ranked him one of America’s Worst Bosses For The Buck.
I have had only one interaction with Engles myself. After he lost an Alumni Trustee election in May 2005, I wrote to him to ask how many votes he had received — a figure that the College does not announce. He wrote back promptly from London to say that he did not know because the nominating committee had not told him. That afternoon, I had lunch with a senior member of the Alumni Council, who was surprised that Engles did not have this information. “I told him myself yesterday,” my friend said.
Addendum: Interestingly enough, Trustee Jeff Immelt ‘78, Chairman and CEO of General Electric, made the same Worst Bosses For The Buck list as Engles.
Notice above that Engles, as head of Dean Foods (Turnover in 2011: $13.1 billion) substantially out-earned Immelt, the head of General Electric (Turnover in 2011: $147.3 billion) over the past six years.
Addendum: An alumnus write in:
Reading your articles about the Trustees - including the latest about Gregg Engles - makes me increasingly depressed about the future of the College.
A group of Trustees, some of whom seem to have a faulty moral compass, make decisions that appear to be in their own interests rather than the interest of the institution they serve, appoint a poor President who cuts and runs, making a decision that was in his interest rather than the interest of the institution he serves. They appointed a man after their own hearts. (And as a result, the College ends up with a small minded Interim President.) Wah-hoo-wah.
Among the faculty at Dartmouth that I’m in contact with, and this is something that won’t surprise you, Carol Folt is nobody’s hero (and many think she’s an embarrassment). They can’t wait for her to be gone.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
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October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
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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
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