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No Vice President for Presidential Initiatives and Principal Gifts Yet?
There is one particularly striking aspect about the extended list of open slots in the forever-gearing-up-for-the-capital-campaign Advancement office: the job of Vice President for Presidential Initiatives and Principal Gifts is still unfilled:
In fact, according to the Isaccson, Miller website job profile, the position has been open since April, 2016:
As the above description makes clear, the Vice President for Presidential Initiatives and Principal Gifts position is a critical one in any fundraising effort. This person is in charge of landing the particularly big gifts, the ones donated during the quiet phase of a capital campaign. But it takes time to reel them in; someone new to the job would have to begin a longterm effort at relationship-building — and that process would take place among wealthy alumni who saw their previous contact person depart last year. Best of luck.
For such a vital — and much coveted — position to be open for well over a year speaks volumes about how difficult it is to be employed by Bob Lasher ‘88. It seems that Bob considers that he wears two hats: the manager-in-chief of Advancement, of course, but also that of the head fundraiser. And he has a reputation of being chary of sharing credit for the gifts that do come in. Did he not ever learn in the sandbox that if you want the other kids to play with you, you have to share.
Phil Hanlon has done a marvellous job of putting together an almost entirely dysfunctional management team. He has chosen people so weak that competent professionals in the real world do not want to work with them.
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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