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Phil Softpedals It
After listening to the College’s new President give a speech to the Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley on Friday, we can safely say that Phil Hanlon ‘77 didn’t get this far in life on charisma alone. He is — after John Kemeny — the second most spellbinding mathematician I have ever heard. All kidding aside, Phil’s speech was shorter than Search Committee Chair Bill Helman ‘80’s introduction, and the best gloss I can come up with is that it showed Hanlon’s unpretentiousness. He referred to his experience at Michigan only once, and he sketched his sense of the College’s future with little more than general themes.
That’s fair. He’s been on the job only a couple of months, and he has been energetic in reaching out to great numbers of students, faculty, and even alumni.
In his speech Phil did make several suggestions that would seem to indicate that his top priority will be to inject greater life into the faculty and the overall intellectual life of the College:
— More graduate students and postdoctoral scholars will come to Hanover in the thought that young scholars bring “energy” to a school and to its faculty.
— The number of interdisciplinary and experiential learning programs will be expanded in order to bring the disparate parts of the College together in productive ways. Phil mentioned Jim Kim’s Center for Health Care Delivery Science in this area, along with other efforts like the Tuck Bridge program, and he opined that, “It is easy to ride a horse in the direction that it is moving.”
— The College will engage in “cluster hiring,” to significantly strengthen weak parts of the faculty.
Phil also briefly addressed the issues of sexual assault, binge drinking and hazing, noting that Jen Messina ‘93, a national expert in these subjects, was already working with the College.
Addendum: Phil was asked by a member of the audience how his Presidency would be different from that of Jim Kim, and he graciously declined to answer, stating that a direct comparison would not be appropriate. He then went on to say that he would be in close contact with faculty, students and staff, and he hoped to be visible on campus. I took that as a pretty good, even pointed, response — a clear contrast to Jim Kim, who spent more time job-hunting than he did getting to know the College or its alumni.
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…
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