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Is It Something in the Classroom?

After yesterday’s dispassionate review of the Hanlon Presidency, let’s look at some of the happier results that come from a Dartmouth education — where undergrads spend a great deal of time with faculty members who care very much about them. From the looks of it, we punch well above our weight in putting alumni into public office.

As we saw last week, three state governors (Bruce Rauner ‘78, John Carney ‘78, Tom Wolf ‘71) did their undergraduate work in Hanover. That’s more governors than any other Ivy:

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We outperform, too, with four sitting Senators (Rob Portman ‘78 R-Ohio, Angus King ‘66 I-Maine; John Hoeven ‘79 R-North Dakota, and Kirsten Gillibrand ‘88 D-NY). Only Harvard does better:

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In the House of Representatives we are only in the middle of the pack with three members (Mike Capuano ‘73 D-MA, Ann McLane Kuster ‘78 D-NH, Alex Mooney R-WV), but, as usual, we surpass Penn, Cornell and Brown:

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From the looks of things, the top schools in the Ivies should be referred to in shorthand as HYPD. And, funny enough, those are the schools with the highest endowment per student. But that is not an explanation that holds water for me. I’ll go with the College’s faculty, who do so many things for students that go uncompensated and unrecognized, but that create undergraduates who leave Hanover with something extra.

Enjoy Commencement. And on Sunday, all future Senators, Governors and Congressional Representatives should say a special, anticipatory thank you to their favorite faculty members.

Addendum: I happened to attend the graduation ceremonies at HBS last year, where alumni were also over-represented among the very top students receiving diplomas.

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