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Dartmouth’s Damaged Goods

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Decline.jpgCharlotte Johnson’s departure to Scripps College in California speaks volumes. Obviously, Phil gave her the boot, and she left for a much smaller school in a galaxy far, far away.

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:

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He didn’t last long there either:

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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?


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