Archived post

This is an archived post. Please click here to see the latest entries.

« How Oh So Distinctly Dartmouth | Home | 1979: Class of the Year Yet Again »

Martha Beattie, Uh, Retires

Martha Beattie1.jpgVP of Advancement Bob Lasher ‘88 has written to the alumni community to announce the retirement of Office of Alumni Relations head Martha Beattie ‘76. Beattie is about 63 years old, and she is retiring on the eve of the College’s 250th anniversary, and also immediately after the Presidential Summit. Who are we kidding here?

This space has never been a big fan of Martha. Though warm and charming, she couldn’t manage herself out of a paper bag. She just doesn’t have the head for it, even with an Office of Alumni Relations composed of 30 women (and two men). Martha was appointed to run Alumni Relations on June 10, 2010 by Jim Kim, who knew Martha from the Presidential search committee that picked Kim to come to the College for a cup of coffee. Beattie’s only professional experience up until that time had been as a women’s crew coach, though she had participated in numerous alumni activities. How does that qualify her to run Alumni Relations and its multi-million dollar budget? It doesn’t.

My bet is that Martha got the boot for the various fiascos that took place this past weekend at the Presidential Summit. They were the last straw, so to speak.

Addendum: Repeat after me:


Addendum: Here is Bob Lasher’s announcement letter, which was sent directly to many prominent alumni:

Lasher on Beattie.jpg

The same text appeared in the College’s official announcement.


Featured posts

  • 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…

Dartblog Specials

Subscribe by Email

Enter your email address:

Help, Pecuniarily

Please note

This website reflects the personal opinions of its authors. Any e-mails received may be published along with the full name of the sender. If you wish otherwise, please say so.

All content appearing at should be presumed copyright 2004-2018 its respective bylined author unless otherwise noted or unless linked to original source.




May 2018
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31