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The Wrong Time for a Campaign
The College is staffing up for the big capital campaign, and executive recruiter Isaacson, Miller, headed by John Isaacson ‘68, is on the hunt for more senior development staffers: a VP for Development and one for Presidential Initiatives and Principal Gifts.
But is this the right time for a campaign? After several absolutely awful PR years — Kim’s flight, Carol’s mess, and Phil’s rocky start — wouldn’t it make sense to hold off for a while, until there are meaningful achievements to describe for potential benefactors? While the receipt of a $100M donation is a nice achievement, I expect that increasingly hard-headed donors will want proof of on-the-ground progress.
The College is hardly in a position of strength today when it asks alumni to give for money for capital projects. Wry alums might respond, “So, are you renovating the Inn again?”
Addendum: The College is even recruiting directly:
Geez. Have you ever noticed how everyone at Dartmouth, except the custodians, is either a Vice President or some kind of Director.
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…