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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:
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:
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.
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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