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Reece Up and Kelly Out

There is more churning at OPAL, the College’s equivalent of musical chairs. The administration seems to hire just about anyone for these jobs, as long as they meet some kind of diversity quota. The folks there come and go, come and go.

The newest change is that Reese Kelly (left below), Director of the Center for Gender and Student Engagement and former LGBTQIA Advisor, has been named Interim Director. He’ll have a budget well in excess of a million dollars and a staff of eight people, even though he does not have much of any management experience. He’s only been at the College since the start of 2013, having finished his postdoc at Middlebury at the end of 2012.

In addition, Karlos Santos-Coy, Assistant Dean and Advisor to First Generation Students, has resigned. He has been at the College for less than two years, and word is that he is leaving the College along with his patron, former OPAL Director Alysson Satterlund of “Phiesta” fame.

Reece and Kelly.jpg

Whoever the administration picks as the next Dean of the College will have a lot of work to do in this area. Translation: an ongoing trainwreck.

Addendum: A longtime reader writes in with an interesting perspective:

Thanks for writing about the OPAL changes. As a former Dartmouth employee, I can tell you I always dreaded having to interact with that office. They were generally unresponsive, and when they did respond they carried a self-righteous attitude that was off-putting.

As part of my duties, I occasionally wrote news updates on happenings in the OPAL office. I can’t tell you how many times Reese Kelly demanded that I include “Dr.” and “PhD” in his title whenever he was mentioned — even though I was never asked to do that by the College’s many distinguished (and approachable) professors.

It’s ironic that a staffer would never let me forget that he had a PhD, and yet the vast majority of professors I dealt with asked me to call them by their first name.


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