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A Comment on Trustee Cluelessness
In the category of There Are Some People Who Just Can’t Be Pleased, take a look at this recent headline in the Times: “Newest Spy Court Pick Is a Democrat but Not a Liberal.” To comment more amply on this subject would be to lead us away from Dartblog’s focus, but still, the choice of Judge José Cabranes for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court does have some relevance to this space’s themes. Cabranes is the author of the most incisive piece that I know regarding the role, or the utter lack of a role, played by trustees at institutions of higher learning: Myth and Reality of University Trusteeship in the Post-Enron Era (2007). He serves on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, was a trustee at Fordham (1974-77), Colgate (1987-90), Yale (1987-99), and Columbia (2000-2102); in addition, his wife Kate Stith-Cabranes ‘73 was on Dartmouth’s Board from 1989-2000, and several of their children attended the College. A representative excerpt from his well-worth-reading article:
I still hear from people in the College community that they have heard that the Trustees want Dartmouth’s President to do this and that. Wrong. Jettison that illusion forthwith. Our Trustees know so little about the College that they are routinely led around by the nose by the President — or even by Interim Presidents. Given their collective lack of knowledge and experience in higher education, one would think that this fact would be self-evident.
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…