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A Fourth Term for Thayer’s Joe Helble

Joe Helble.jpgIn another encouraging sign, the Hanlon administration has re-appointed Thayer Dean Joe Helble to lead the up-and-coming Thayer School of Engineering. He will begin his fourth four-year term on July 1. New buildings, more students, tighter cooperation with the undergraduate College and an overall increased dynamism have been the hallmarks of Helble’s leadership. In addition, Helble can report a national first for the College:

Thayer has seen a sharp increase in the percentage of engineering graduates who are women. In 2016, Dartmouth granted 52 percent of its undergraduate engineering degrees to women, making it the first national research university to award more bachelor’s degrees in engineering to women than to men. The national average remains just under 20 percent.

Helble LinkedIn.jpgHelble’s resumé (right) on LinkedIn gives you some idea of his background. How nice to see real private sector experience, especially given, as Helble notes, “Thayer nurtures and encourages our faculty entrepreneurs. One third of our tenure-track faculty have started a company, giving Thayer the highest percentage of faculty-entrepreneurs among U.S. engineering schools.”

Could Helble be the College’s next President? In a sense the graduate schools are the Triple A ball to the Dartmouth major leagues. Should we promote a slugger from Triple A to replace the weak-fielding singles hitter with a .128 batting average who is currently trying to run the school?

Addendum: In this video of a TEDxDartmouth 2011 event, Helble details the importance of technological literacy:

Addendum: For West Coast alumni who want to see Joe Helble live and in person, he will be presenting at the 2017 Dartmouth Entrepreneurs Forum in San Francisco on Friday, September 8 at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco — as will Tuck Dean Matt Slaughter; Hany Farid, Chair of the Computer Science department; and Eric Fossum, Associate Provost for Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer. The DEF is open to the entire Dartmouth community.

Addendum: The College’s press release announcing Helble’s reappointment contained a lead comment from Provost Carolyn “Broken Record” Dever:

Helble Dever Comment.jpg

Can Provost Dever ever say anything that does not smack of her politics?

Addendum: D writer Rebecca Flowers ‘19 has a data-rich, detailed report on Joe Helble’s reappointment. Good writing.


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