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The Big Guns Are in Town
If you have been curious about the fancy cars, the big tents and the extra lighting on Baker, then wonder no more. Phil Hanlon has convened a Presidential Summit: The Call to Lead, a significant event in the run-up (or is it limp-up, in both senses of the world limp) to the always-on-the-horizon capital campaign. This is his latest effort to reverse the sharply declining trends (here and here) in alumni donations.
The heavy hitters are in town, and methinks that Phil is under the gun this weekend. Either he secures some seriously large pledges, or he will have to start thinking of retirement (or the Trustees will certainly start thinking about it for him).
The administration is parading all of its leaders in an effort to wow big donors. But who knows if Phil will be talking honestly in the presidential keynote address today about his 100-year, Michigan-on-the-Connecticut vision for the College, the one that doesn’t care a wit about today’s students, faculty and alumni:
The last group of speakers includes some of the College’s most prominent alumni. I hope that they have been talking to faculty and students on campus to take the pulse of Phil Hanlon’s Dartmouth. With fundraising in the doldrums, you have to figure that the big donors are now regularly talking among themselves in concerned tones.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
This is what happens when you can’t look someone in the eye and explain why you want them to give you $20,000,000.
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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