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Capital Campaign Might Really Happen
We’ve wondered in the past when the College’s oft-presaged, oft-delayed capital campaign is going to begin. The quiet phase has been going on for ages — in fact, as they used to say in cowboy movies, things have been “too quiet.” Last we heard from Phil, the public side of the campaign would kick off at the end of 2017 “or something like that.” That’s a long ways from Phil’s inauguration: four and a half years. Frankly, such a delay gives lie to Phil’s assertion that fundraising has been going well.
However, the College’s Advancement office really is starting to bulk up now. The administration is using pricey headhunter Isaacson Miller (John Isaacson ‘68’s firm, the folks who brought us Jim Kim) to round up a large number of new staffers. Look at the number of open positions advertised on the IM website. Wow. Twelve directors and vice-presidents (is everyone a senior staffer?):
Of course, this isn’t that first time that the College has sought to add to the fundraising ranks. Many ads went out in 2012 and in 2015, too, as the College rebuilt the staff after the Kim-era, cost-saving demobilization following the end of Jim Wright’s capital campaign in 2009:
At least, I think that the staff was/is being rebuilt then and now. An alternative hypothesis is that hot-headed Senior Vice President for Advancement Bob Lasher ‘88 is having trouble keeping people, and the latest hiring efforts serve only to fill gaps left by fleeing personnel. The word around Centerra is that staffers keep a low profile to avoid the wrath of Bob, who is just not much of a manager or a strategic planner. Nor can he articulate a vision for the College, though obviously that lacuna is not entirely his fault. A salesman needs goods to sell, and Phil is not doing much to help him out.
Addendum: Like any manager, Phil makes mistakes in hiring. Think of Provost Dever, for example. But his motto should be, “Hire slow and fire fast.” Once our President realized that Bob Lasher was in way over his head, Phil should have sent him packing. That’s what true leaders do.
Addendum: Speaking of firing, the real world’s rules live in the Athletics Department, even if it’s jobs-for-life in the rest of the College. After sharing an Ivy title in 2015, the football team had a dismal season this year. There’s a price to pay for poor performance, and Buddy has shaken things up, as Bruce Woods’ Big Green Alert blog reports on a Valley News story:
Ball players are learning life lessons here.
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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