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Rick Mills: Change is Coming
EVP Rick Mills didn’t use those words in his Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, but that message was the clear import of all of his remarks. In that vein he led off with a October 19, 1869 quote from President Charles Eliot of Harvard:
The inertia of a massive University is formidable. A good past is positively dangerous, if it make us content with the present, and so unprepared for the future.
Mills noted that Eliot, a non-clergyman, was appointed to the Harvard presidency after “Harvard had had three failed Presidents in the space of ten years.” Then Mills said in the manner that has made me a big fan that this statement was “something prophetic for Dartmouth.” As I prepared to applaud the first public expression of that bracing truth, I looked around me to see that nobody in the Spaulding Auditorium crowd of perhaps 100 people seemed to have heard it: no clapping, no shuffling, not even a cough. I guess that the College’s staffers have other things on their minds (salaries, vacations, pensions, benefits).
Mills followed up with a 3:55 claymation/narration video that hammered home his core point: if you aren’t improving, you are falling behind:
He phrased the message somewhat less ambitiously — “you have to keep moving ahead to stay in place” — and he noted that a sense of complacency could be found at Dartmouth. Ha!
Stay tuned to Rick Mills. If anything is going to change at the College, he will be at the center of the effort.
Addendum: Right on time, the Valley News noted that the beginnings of wage discipline, and, heaven forfend, even merit-based raises, were occurring at the College:
Most non-union employees of Dartmouth College will receive a 1.5 percent pay increase for the upcoming school year but faculty and staff at the Geisel School of Medicine will have to settle instead for shots at one-time payments that would leave their base pay unchanged…
The base pay of Dartmouth employees outside of the medical school will increase 1.5 percent. That increase will take effect on June 28 for hourly workers and three days after that for those on salary. Temporary workers and those with negative job reviews won’t get raises. Some employees also will receive bonuses awarded by the provost, vice presidents and deans from “a small pool to recognize extraordinary contributions.”
Of course, these increases are taking place in a deflationary environment, but they are less than what we might have expected from the College’s three failed presidents: Wright, Kim and Folt.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
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…
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