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BREAKING: Shall We Call Inge-Lise Ameer the IDC?

IngeLise Ameer.jpgWord is out that Phil will shortly name Senior Associate Dean of the College Inge-Lise Ameer as the interim Dean of the College. She’s been at Dartmouth since 2010, having come from some little school in Cambridge, where she had last been Interim Director of Advising Programs (a job she performed well, according to the Crimson). Previously she had been the administrator for undergraduate English programs.

That said, Ameer worked hand in glove with Carol Folt, having chaired the cliquey meeting that led to the College’s embarrassing shutdown last year. And she recently put in a pallid appearance on NPR as part of the College’s ongoing public self-immolation regarding student life issues. In addition, she has been joined at the hip with outgoing Dean of the College Charlotte “Phil’s just a fundraiser” Johnson. Whether her work with Charlotte represents the accommodation of a loyal subordinate or a deeper ideological sympathy remains to be seen.

Addendum: Whatever her past record, let’s hope that Phil ranges further afield than Ameer in choosing the College’s next Dean of the College. Despite The D’s report that many observers in Hanover are looking for someone with legal or administrative experience, let me weigh in with a request that a person be chosen with shoulders broader than those of a longtime administrator : a well-regarded academic with management experience would more likely have the confidence to make the deep changes necessary in the Dean of the College’s sprawling office.

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