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BREAKING: Obama Appoints Phil Hanlon as UN Secretary General
Hanlon has only been at the College for less than three years — his departure mirrors almost exactly Jim Kim’s 33-month stint as Dartmouth’s President — but his tenure has received good notices in the press, even though this space has not always held him in high esteem. The New York Times reports:
In a decision that struck many observers as unexpected, President Obama announced today that Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon would be his choice to replace Ban Ki-moon as Secretary General of the United Nations. “Philip Hanlon’s skills as a diplomat, orator and groundbreaking thinker make him an obvious choice to head up the UN,” said the President in a ceremony in the Rose Garden at which he introduced Hanlon. “I look forward to Phil taking on some of the world’s seemingly intractable problems.”
Hanlon thanked the President profusely. “Though my heart will always be in Hanover,” said the 1977 graduate of Dartmouth, “I can’t turn down President Obama’s call to work for peace, diversity and inclusivity.”
Hanlon earned a doctorate at the California Institute of Technology in 1981, and he spent 27 years at the University of Michigan, rising to the position of Provost, before being chosen as Dartmouth’s President in 2013.
In an interview on Dartmouth’s campus, Economics Professor Bruce Sacerdote applauded the choice, “Phil is one of the most charismatic people I know. He’s a great speaker who will do a fine job leading the UN. He’s an amazing manager, too.” Dean of the Faculty Mike Mastanduno echoed Sacerdote, and stated, “Phil is a great guy. He has always supported me. It is the least that I can do to support him in the same way.”
Dartmouth students were equally enthusiastic. Socia Climer ‘16 said of Hanlon’s appointment, “This continues Dartmouth’s tradition of grooming leaders for the international stage.” Fellow student William Brownose ‘17 wished Hanlon well, “Phil will approach problems thoughtfully and cautiously. He’s a fantastic leader.”
How to respond to this astounding event? For myself, I can only say that I expect that Phil will do as well at the UN as Jim Kim has done at the World Bank.
Addendum: No official announcement has been made as of yet on the choice of an interim President to replace Hanlon; however rumor is rife among members of the faculty that the Trustees will continue their uninterrupted string of brilliant choices and pick either Carolyn Dever or Denise Anthony.
Addendum: Curiously, The D has yet to report anything about Hanlon’s appointment.
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
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