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Dartmouth’s Next Next President?

Martha Pollack.jpgMartha Pollack ‘79, currently the Vice-Provost of the University of Michigan, has been appointed Michigan’s Provost. She replaces Phil Hanlon ‘77. According to the story in the Michigan Daily:

Prior to being appointed vice provost … Pollack served as dean of the School of Information. During her 13 years at the University, she has also served as associate chair for Computer Science and Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Her research has focused largely on the advancement of artificial intelligence and [she] has also worked as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

Pollack earned her undergraduate degree in Linguistics from Dartmouth College in 1979, an M.S.E. in Computer Science and Engineering in 1984 and PhD in the same subject in 1986 both from the University of Pennsylvania. She previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh in various capacities from 1991 to 2000.

The Trustees would do well to put Pollack onto the Board. In doing so, she would become the only current Board member to both have been a Dartmouth undergrad and have extensive professional experience teaching undergrads. Amazing that fact.

That said, there are a goodly number of Dartmouth alumni, who are senior faculty members or administrators at important institutions of higher education, who would add a great deal to our know-nothing-about-higher-ed Board. And there are many ex-Senators and ex-Governors, all of whom have an independence of spirit and experience with education, who should be on the Board, too.

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