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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.

Non-Faculty Staffing 2012 detail.jpg

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:

Non-Faculty Staffing Jobs 2011.jpg

Non-Faculty Staffing Jobs 2012.jpg

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