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They Never Tell Him Anything!
We’ve reported in the past that Board of Trustees Chairman Steve Mandel ‘78 only learned that Jim Kim was deserting the College — after barely two and a half years in Hanover — to take the top job at the World Bank, when Kim called Mandel at a movie theater to say that he had accepted President Obama’s offer. No advance warning. No discussion as to whether Kim’s hasty departure was good for the College. Nada.
Now Mandel is telling everyone that he became aware that Carol Folt was leaving Dartmouth to take the Chancellorship of UNC at the same time as the rest of us — when the news went public. Not only did Folt not tell Mandel directly that she had accepted the Carolina position, but nobody from the Carolina search committee ever called Steve to ask his opinion about her. Come again? Given that Carol was self-evidently the heir to the Dartmouth throne, but had been passed over in favor of Phil Hanlon, one would think that someone down at UNC would have been curious as to why she did not become President of the College.
UNC and Dartmouth should have a competition for the World’s Most Clueless Board. The whole thing would be funny, except that thousands of good people at two great institutions are victims of these bumblers’ incompetence.
Addendum: Word has it that when Carol left the College for Carolina, the average IQ at both schools rose.
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…