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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.
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…