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Dartmouth’s Next Next President?
Martha 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.
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…