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Breaking: Goodbye Charlotte!

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Charlotte Johnson4.jpgDean of the College Charlotte Johnson announced today that she is leaving her position at Dartmouth. She will be moving to 950-student, all-women Scripps College — a member of the Claremont Colleges — to be Vice President of Student Affairs.

Scripps can’t say that we didn’t warn them.

Get ready for reams of blather from Phil and everyone else about the great work Charlotte did at the College and what a great colleague and friend she was to everyone and how she will be missed and on and on. Why does it have to be this way?

In any event, way to go, Phil.

Addendum: Scripps has been looking for a dean.

Addendum: Here is Phil’s official announcement:

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Phil can on occasion be, shall we say, syntactically imprecise. When he writes “”She will leave Dartmouth stronger than when she arrived,” does he mean that Charlotte has been lifting weights while here? Certainly the Admissions department could not believe that statement applied to the state of the College.

Addendum: A former colleague of Charlotte’s at Colgate writes in:

These places cannot possibly be talking to any of her direct reports. I’m 100 percent positive she left not one person at Colgate who reported to her who would give her a good reference, and I can’t believe she didn’t leave the same feelings behind at Dartmouth.

Hiring seems as slapdash in the academy as so many other things. Did anyone in Carolina talk to Carol’s colleagues in Hanover? I think not. For that matter, did the Obama administration vet Jim Kim with people at the College?

Addendum: A keenly observant alumnus voices an opinion:

That press release was really scraping the bottom of the barrel to find positive points on Johnson’s three-year tenure. The Sarner Underground? That space remains unused and unloved by students, as per this Dartbeat blog post: Exploring Sarner Underground. This whole exercise reminds me of pre-K graduation ceremonies where every child gets a prize.


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