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Another Interesting Hanlon Hire

Lisa Hogarty Comp.jpgThe College has not been blessed in recent years with quality Chief Facilities Officers (or VP’s of Campus Planning and Facilities, or whatever the title du jour is). Mary Gorman had little background in the field; she took a much-too-big step up to the College from Director of Financial Planning at Phillips Exeter Academy. And Jim Kim crony Linda Snyder left town right after Kim, and shortly before she was to be tarred and feathered by the massed members of the Upper Valley construction industry. Snyder’s (and Kim’s) monument is the $50+ million Hanover Inn renovation, perhaps the greatest waste of construction money in Dartmouth’s history, and there is competition for that title.

Now comes Lisa Hogarty, who will report to EVP/CFO Rick Mills. Like Mills, she has an interesting background (even more interesting than the do-what-it-takes vignette on the right from the October 19, 1997 edition of the NYT):

Ms. Hogarty is… the Vice President for Campus Services at Harvard University. Prior to joining Harvard in 2010, she spent 8 years at Columbia University, initially as the executive vice president for student and administrative services. In 2007 she was named chief operating officer of the Columbia University Medical Center and helped adapt new approaches to key areas within university operations. Hogarty’s experience prior to her roles at Columbia University included work for the Continuum Healthcare system in New York City and Mount Sinai Medical Center. She earned a Master of Science degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colby-Sawyer College.

How nice to see that a Fine Arts degree can lead to jobs that, among other responsibilities, involve pushing around construction companies in order to get projects done on time and on budget. Not that her undergrad degree had no use: early in her career Hogarty worked as a stage manager at a number of Broadway shows .

One curious step on her career path was the three months or so that she spent with Bridgewater Associates in Westport, Connecticut, immediately prior to being offered a job at Dartmouth. She reportedly was hired on to shepherd BW’s move to a new campus, a project that was then deferred, perhaps indefinitely. The hedge fund employs top talent, and pays high salaries, so it is to Hogarty’s credit that she was chosen for a position that undoubtedly was sought by a good many people. However, BW’s famously confrontational culture must have been quite a culture shock for a person coming from a university environment.

All in all, Hogarty has risen quickly wherever she has been, and at first glance, she seems to be the kind of hard-nosed executive that the College desperately needs. Besides that, anyone who can rustle up a newly slaughtered goat in New York City can’t be a bland bureaucrat; she must have some amusing stories to tell.

Addendum: Hogarty now owns a house in North Sutton. And Rick Mills has just purchased a local place, too. In total, Hogarty and Mills own two more Upper Valley homes than Jim Kim’s CFO Steve Kadish and Linda Snyder; that couple, like Kim, knew from the start that they were at Dartmouth for a short, grab-all-you-can-get stint, so they kept their place in Boston. Let’s hope that Hogarty and Mills will be around for a while.

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