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A Senior Faculty Member on Hanlon

President Hanlon already has his fans — and for specific reasons:


Hanlon’s delivery is workmanlike indeed; but it is not canned. He speaks plainly and clearly, and avoids the jargon that plagues university administrations these days.

It also might be noted that this guy was in line to become President of Michigan. The only reason he gave that up, I imagine, is that he loves Dartmouth — the way only an alum does.

I would guess that if you surveyed provosts and presidents at the top 20 universities in the country, you wouldn’t find a single one — other than Hanlon — who teaches a course every year. And an introductory course at that. He does so because he himself was educated at a true college and was himself taught by a great college president. This is not a guy who will be seduced by the so-called case to rename the institution, “Dartmouth University.” He, I think, understands the pathologies of the contemporary university and knows enough not to import them to Dartmouth.

Finally, he is a bro. Well, an AD (I think). I don’t know how to best address the excesses that prevail at some fraternities — and that turn off many of the finest applicants to the College — but whatever it is, this guy will have the stature (and, I would guess, the inclination) to do what needs to be done.

An alum. A scholar. A teacher. A seasoned administrator. And a brilliant mind. He’s a man of many parts. And all the right parts.

President Kim — remember him? — also talked about teaching a course at one point. When I recalled this to a different faculty member, he laughed, and said that Kim had never even set foot in a College building with classrooms in it.

Another faculty member told me that Kim promised repeatedly to visit his class, but regrettably could never find the time.


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