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A Self-Congratulatory Phil
The Valley News ran a four-year profile of Phil Hanlon today. The first half of the piece gives you the party line, and the second focuses gently on Phil’s shortcomings, particularly in the eyes of the faculty. Most notable is Phil’s unvarnished self-regard. Even if nobody else thinks so, he’s quite sure that he’s a great Dartmouth President:
“Like Kemeny,” he exhorted the wider community in another 2015 speech, this one announcing Moving Dartmouth Forward, a slate of student-life reforms intended to curb risky behavior, “we must recognize a moment in time when change is necessary to reach our potential.”
“It was a time of amazing change and forward motion here,” Hanlon said of Kemeny’s era during an interview last week. “I think we’re at a similar time. We’re at a similar moment right now when the campus is really aspiring to great things.”
Sitting in his Parkhurst Hall office, the 62-year-old Hanlon ticked off a list of achievements from a sheet of paper on the conference table in front of him. After four years as president — his official anniversary is July 1 — there was a lot to talk about.
There was his faculty cluster hiring initiative, which is fully funded, he said, and for which recruitment is underway. There was the society of fellows, a group of early- and mid-career academics who are adding “incredible energy” to campus, he said in his quiet, earnest voice, still looking at the paper. There was the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network, a campus incubator that is “generating a lot of energy and excitement”; the establishment of an independent graduate school; a “very ambitious” sustainability plan; a new, $160 million energy studies institute….
“I think our reputation’s turned a corner,” he said. “I think the word’s out that great things are going on at Dartmouth.”
Note that the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network was entirely a Kim-era project, and none of the other achievements cited by Hanlon relate to undergraduate academic life.
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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