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$783,890 for a Part-time Provost?

$783,890 is a lot of money to pay each year for Provost Carolyn Dever (that’s what she received in 2015), who is ineffective when she is in town, which thankfully is not very much at all right now:

Form 990 officers compensation 2015.jpg

These days she is desperately beating the bushes for a job at another institution — understandably without much success. That said, if Jim Kim and Carol Folt can parachute into leadership jobs at the World Bank and Carolina, respectively, maybe Carolyn will become the next President of Harvard? Still, what idiot hired her to be our Provost anyway?

Umm, actually, let’s look at the College’s press release regarding the provostial search committee. Any familiar names there?

Dever’s appointment follows a national search facilitated by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller. A Provost Advisory Committee also participated in the process and was chaired by N. Bruce Duthu ‘80, the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies. The committee’s other members were: John Carey, the John Wentworth Professor in the Social Sciences; Nia Foney ‘15; Tillman Gerngross, professor of bioengineering at Thayer; Robert G. Hansen, the Norman W. Martin 1925 Professor of Business Administration at Tuck; Maria Laskaris ‘84, dean of admissions and financial aid; John O’Toole III, Tuck ‘14; Yolanda Sanchez, associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Geisel; Barbara Will, professor of English; and Peter Winkler, the William Morrill Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science.

“Carolyn stood out among a deep and rich pool of applicants,” says Duthu. “She demonstrates a profound faith in the power of education to transform lives and a belief in the civic imperative to make the academy—and certainly Dartmouth—accessible to the most promising students, regardless of their means. The committee and I could not be more pleased to welcome Carolyn as Dartmouth’s next provost.”
[Emphasis added]

Will Bruce Duthu prove to be a similarly incisive judge of character in his role as Dean of the Faculty — where he will review tenure and hiring decisions for the entire faculty of Arts and Sciences? Not many of his colleagues have high hopes for him.

Note that Duthu’s committee only “participated in the process,” which implies that Phil made the final choice himself. That figures. Phil’s the guy who hired Bob Lasher and Rebecca Biron and Inge-Lise Ameer and a wide variety of third-raters, when he could have had first-class minds who are already on the faculty. As I have said many times in the past, Phil Hanlon has no nose at all for talent.

Addendum: The moral equation that lets Dever fade quietly from the Hanover scene is a problematic one. Rather than booting her out for utter ineffectiveness, I bet that Phil is giving her a good recommendation. And so, off she will go to be utterly ineffective at some other institution. At her present salary of $15,074/week, we are being way too gracious in letting her job hunt on the College’s dime.

Addendum: Take a look at some of the other 2015 salaries on the above list (click on the image to see it more closely). Phil Hanlon at $1,251,216? Bob Lasher at $545,105? Mike Mastanduno at $445,962? Are we getting our money’s worth? (Actually Mike is looking better and better right now, though, please don’t tell him that I said so.)


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