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Stuart Lord Finds His Level
As investor Warren Buffett has repeatedly noted, “You never know who’s swimming naked until the tide goes out.” And so it goes with Dartmouth administrators when they venture beyond the Hanover Plain — soon for Carol Folt and Jim Kim; already for Silvia Spears — and now for Stuart Lord. This space raised its metaphorical eyebrows in March of last year when Lord hurriedly left the Presidency of Naropa University after only two years and three months on the job. Was he qualified to be a president? At the College he had bounced from job to job:
Stuart Lord left the College in 2009 to become President of Naropa University, after serving over a nine-year period variously as Dean of the Tucker Foundation, Associate Provost, and interim Vice-President for Institutional Diversity.
After being Naropa’s President (Academic staff:164; Undergraduates: 402; Postgraduates 617), Lord will now take up the executive director position of Boulder, Colorado’s Emergency Family Assistance Association, where he will help the 23 employees on the EEFA staff and numerous volunteers fulfill the organization’s mission:
EFAA helps those in our community where immediate needs for food, shelter and other basic necessities cannot be adequately met by other means…
Valid goals to be sure, but, ahem, a bit of a step down for a vigorous 54-year-old in the prime of his professional life.
In the case of Silvia Spears, she went from being the head of OPAL (then ten staffers, now fifteen) to Dartmouth’s Interim Dean of the College (total budget at the time: approximately $64 million) to the director of New England College’s newly launched Doctorate in Education program. She lasted nine months in that job. She is now the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Emerson College, a post little different from her earlier role as the head of OPAL.
Academic headhunters will get the message at some point. Dartmouth is hardly a breeding ground for high-quality administrators — just the opposite. But then, anyone who has been in Hanover over the past fifteen years could confirm that point.
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…