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Come Work in Advancement, Please

The capital campaign continues to sputter as we approach the fourth anniversary of Phil’s arrival in Hanover. Though our President has recently been making positive noises to some groups (is this just his usual strategy of talking about success in the hope that reality will follow?), all reports indicate that the unhappy chaos in Bob Lasher’s Advancement office continues unabated. Why won’t Phil get rid of this guy?

I mean, here we are in the midst of the interminable quiet phase of the campaign, and Lasher is still recruiting core elements of his leadership team. Expensive headhunter Isaacson, Miller had eight (8!) senior positions in Advancement listed on its website yesterday:

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Using a headhunter comes at great expense to the College — on the order of one year of salary for each position. Filling the above slots represents almost a couple of million dollars of fees for Isaacson, Miller. Well, at least that firm’s capital campaign is going OK.

And the above searches are not the whole ball of wax. Though there is some overlap in the below, even more Advancement jobs are going begging on the College’s own job search website:

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In evaluating managers, one test of their quality is the ability to gather around them a team of efficient and loyal staffers. Bob Lasher ‘88 fails that test quite spectacularly.

Another test is their ability to weed out weak subordinates in a forthright manner. Phil Hanlon ‘77 fails that test even more spectacularly.

Addendum: A few readers have written in to suggest that there might be perfectly good reasons for all the hiring in Advancement — like the upcoming campaign. They ignore the fact that this space contained an almost identical post about furious hiring dated May 25, 2015. And a number of the same jobs were still open at the time of our last posts about Advancement hiring dated November 29, 2016 and February 4, 2017. Despite all of this hiring, the staffing level in Advancement seems to have been remained flat at around 214-217 people since 2015.

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