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Who Are All Those New Staffers?
So how do the College’s 153 new, non-faculty staff members break down? Top-ranked Tuck hired nobody at all; their headcount remained unchanged between the end of 2011 and 2012. Good for the people there. Paul Danos continues to show the Dartmouth community how a school can be managed, though anyone who was at the College before Jim Wright became President recalls a time when the College was tightly run, at least on a financial basis.
The Advancement Office — that’s mostly Development functions for those of you who like traditional names — added 16 people (going from 183 to 199 staffers). Why? There was no capital campaign ongoing last year, and I can’t see one starting this year. But that office also includes the PR wing of the bureaucracy, so we can expect that all the new desks there are filled with people singing the College’s praises to the press and the alumni — or fighting fires.
The Dean of the College and the Dean of Arts and Sciences continue to pile on people: 16 and 25 respectively. What are all the new employees doing? Remember that they are not teaching students. I expect that they are tied up in endless meetings with the old people. As for the meetings themselves, well, if you know what they are producing of value, please let me know.
Of course, I have saved the worst for last. The grand prize for administrative bloat goes to the Provost’s Office. You recall who the Provost was until July of last year, right? Right. IP Folt. There are 76 new jobs in that area. 76! Who are they? What are these people doing? Who knows? But we do know that if they hadn’t been hired, the Trustees could have dropped, rather than raised, the cost of a Dartmouth education.
In the era of the paperless office and administrative efficiencies, such management sloppiness is shameful.
Addendum: The figures in the above chart were drawn from the two below tables in the Dartmouth Fact Book:
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
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…