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Do We Still Care About Global Health?
Of course we do, at least in a abstract way, but how about as an institution? With Jim Kim’s precipitous departure from Hanover (yet another professor recently opined to me that Jim the Glib would soon have faced a non-confidence vote had he stayed in town), the question arises as to what is to become of his supposedly innovative Center for the Health Delivery Science. Chairman of the Board Steve Mandel started the place off with a generous gift of $35M (almost 3% of his net worth), but rumors are that plenty of money from the College central budget flows to the Center, too. That’s money that could stay with undergrads, or even go towards moderating the College’s soon-to-be-announced tuition increase.
The Center is run by Kim crony Al Mulley ‘70, who, comme par hazard, chaired the search committee that brought Kim to Hanover for his cup of espresso. My sense is that Kim and Mulley cooked up their little deal well before JYK became President.
Will the Center continue under Phil Hanlon? This choice is among the many hard ones that Phil has to make. Will he have the nerve to do so? At the very least, the place should be self-sustaining.
And by the way, I don’t recall the members of the faculty ever having any kind of say in the creation of Jim and Al’s little project. Isn’t that something they are supposed to do?
Addendum: Other than the appointment of AD Harry Sheehy, Jim Kim’s legacy of three lost years in Hanover is that he diverted a wonderful gift from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees away from the undergraduate world to a pet project that is now orphaned by his departure.
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…