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Lashing Back at Bob Lasher ‘88
Yesterday’s remarks about Vice President for Advancement Bob Lasher ‘88 elicited a number of comments. Here’s one:
Thanks for today’s post. One other thought to add is that many people in Centerra believe/hope that Bob will depart soon. As you have noted, they cannot stand his routine temper tantrums and have observed from his resume that he normally departs positions after 5 years. If he does go it will be a very interesting twist on the proposed campaign and its timing…
Also — he is well know in development circles beyond Dartmouth to be very hard to be around/work for. So filling the senior level jobs listed will have that added challenge.
Just why did Phil hire Bob on May 10, 2013? Lasher had no experience in fundraising in higher education, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) had a fundraising team of only 32 members in 2008 — a long way from the Dartmouth Advancement office’s 217 employees (as of the end of 2015).
Clearly Bob was making a big jump when he rose from SFMOMA to the College. In 2012 in San Francisco he earned $315,944:
In his first full year, 2014, in Hanover he earned $487,325:
So what did Phil see in one of the critical hires in his administration. I guess that he was happy to score diversity points, and Bob is an alumnus. But, really, should our President be sacrificing the financial health of the College (not to mention creating an unhappy, even hostile, work environment) on the altar of political correctness and loyalty?
Phil really is a poor judge of character — a quality that is perhaps the most important one that managers can possess. Leaders can only do so much individually, but they can leverage their ideas and vision exponentially if they assemble a strong team around them. Do Bob Lasher ‘88, Provost Carolyn Dever, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Inge-Lise Ameer, and Dean of the Faculty Mike Mastanduno constitute anyone’s idea of an administrative Dream Team? Not by my definition of the term. The only competent member of Phil’s senior management group is Executive Vice President Rick Mills — the College’s top financial manager — and I am informed by a member of the search committee that Phil Hanlon played no role in his selection. Phil only met Mills after the search commitee had extended an offer to him.
Woe is us.
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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