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Hanlon on Kim. Ugh.
Phil Hanlon has lost a gold star previously awarded by this space after a weak-minded remark the other day at his Hanover news conference, which took place following his introduction to the campus (at 1:28 below, from a WCAX TV report):
Hanlon will take office July 1. He succeeds Jim Yong Kim who was selected last April to serve as president of the World Bank.
“He obviously was a visionary,” Hanlon said. “He really excited the campus, released a lot of creative energy on this campus, and I want to continue his work.”
Perhaps we can redeem this fluff somewhat by filing it in the “damning with faint praise” category. If Phil had chosen to avoid content-free words like “visionary” (does anyone know just what Kim’s vision was? I sure don’t — and I bet that Phil doesn’t either), “excited” and “creative energy,” and stuck to the facts, he would have pointed to Kim’s only meaningful achievements: the hiring of a great new AD and the Heath Care Delivery Science graduate program. Not a lot to show for three years in town.
As for releasing energy and whatnot, the only energy during the Kim reign that I could discern was the growing faculty anger that would have led to a no-confidence vote had Kim stayed around much longer.
Phil, a lot of folks would be pleased if you could declare Parkhurst a platitude-free zone. We’ve had far too much of that kind of talk over the past 15 years.
October 18, 2009
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August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
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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
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