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Hanlon Greeting: A Thin Crowd
Only about half of Spaulding was filled for Phil Hanlon’s coming out party today: I’d say, at best, 500 people. And the on-line audience was even thinner:
There isn’t much to report. Phil gave an 11-minute speech that reprised much of what he had said in his introductory video, though this time around there was praise for his family; the Board (“terrific”); the search committee (“ably led”); past Dartmouth Presidents Kim and Wright; and even for the head of the strategic planning process, IP Folt. The one encouraging moment: Phil compared the current conjuncture with the Kemeny presidency. Kemeny, he noted, “responded boldly” to the challenges facing Dartmouth in the early 1970’s.
Both Board Chair Steve Mandel and Phil wryly noted that they hoped that the College would not have to do another presidential search any time soon.
Addendum: The College noted:
Hundreds turned out for President-Elect Hanlon’s first public appearance, filling the seats in Spaulding Auditorium and then waiting in line to shake his hand in Alumni Hall…
In addition to Friday’s crowds at the ceremony and reception, many more watched a live webcast of the event, which is available on Dartmouth’s YouTube channel.
The “hundreds” did fill their individual seats in Spaulding, but they didn’t fill all the seats in Spaulding itself by any means. And, of course, from YouTube’s counter we know how many the “many more” were who watched and listened online.
Why does the College’s PR staff have to puff things up in such a transparently shallow manner? They should realize that they are writing for a perspicacious group of people.
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…