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It’s Not Going to Be Carol
The Trustees have given Carol both her day in the sun and her supposed Year of the Arts; the logical next step is for our IP to hire on as President somewhere in the great academic hinterlands of America. After all, she has been Dean of the Faculty, Provost, and the IP of putatively well run Dartmouth College. Why hasn’t she already made an announcement that some worthy institution has graced her with its top position?
My take: other colleges perform their due diligence somewhat better than our MBA Trustees. It’s not that everybody knows everybody in academia, but senior faculty members at most schools will have an old friend or two in Hanover. I imagine that a fair number of phone calls have been made, confidences exchanged, and decisions taken — and a red-pencil line drawn through Folt’s name on more than a few search lists.
Carol will be with us for a good while longer, which is testimony, as if more were needed, that the College’s Trustees don’t understand a great many things that everyone else plainly sees.
Addendum: As we’ve observed in the past with people like Stuart Lord, Sylvia Spears, Tommy Woon, Adam Keller, and others, Dartmouth is a Peter Principle peak in the careers of many administrators (actually, a wit once commented to me that in Hanover some staffers rise several rungs above their level of incompetence). When these second-raters leave the College, they invariably go to a lesser position at a lower ranked college. Soon to be in this woebegone category is Charlotte Johnson. Like Folt, she won’t last more than another year or two in Hanover if our new President has any sense (watch here for the results of this litmus test).
The exceptions that prove this rule are the high-quality people who quickly fled town when Jim Wright replaced Jim Freedman as President. For example, Dean of the Faculty Jamshed Bharucha left Hanover to became the Provost at 9,517-student Tufts, where the Provost’s position carries much greater weight than it does at the College — and he is now President of Cooper Union; Provost Susan Prager became President of Occidental College and then Executive Director of the Association of American Law Schools; and Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Win Johnson ‘67 is now Director of Finance & Administration at the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation.
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…