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Dartmouth’s Damaged Goods
But that trajectory is nothing new for people from Dartmouth’s Dean of the College office. As we’ve reported, Sylvia Spears left her plum Dartmouth job (back then the Dean of the College’s budget was about $64 million because the Dean also oversaw Athletics; that’s not the case anymore) in 2011 after two years in the position to head up New England College’s newly created Doctorate in Education program. She lasted barely eight months in that post before leaving to take a new role: Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Emerson College. We noted at the time:
Going from Dartmouth’s Dean of the College position to Emerson’s Dean of Diversity is a drop in the hierarchy of a great many levels, like moving from the Red Sox starting rotation to pitching for the Class A Lowell Spinners. The move is definitive proof of how embarrassingly incompetent Jim Kim’s appointment of Spears was in the first place…
And Jim Larimore, a Dean of competence equal to Charlotte and Sylvia, and a man justifiably proud of his Native American heritage, left the Dean of the College position in 2006 after seven years in Hanover. After Dartmouth he hopped, skipped and, I expect, was pushed from job to job: three years as Dean of Students at Swarthmore College; two years as Vice Chancellor for Campus Life and Dean of Students at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus; and two years and three months as Deputy Director, PostSecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As for his most recent position, take a look:
He didn’t last long there either:
Johnson, Spears, Larimore… and when you look at Carol Folt’s troubles in Carolina, and Jim Kim’s ongoing meltdown at the World Bank, you have to wonder who is doing the hiring at Dartmouth, and why other schools even consider hiring our people.
Addendum: Did you note above that Larimore was brought to Amherst’s attention by the executive search firm of Isaacson, Miller — headed up by John Isaacson ‘68 — the same firm that helped the College hire Jim Kim, and, uh, Phil Hanlon ‘77?
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…