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Chaos (as usual) in Parkhurst

I recently referred to this period in the College’s life as the “Phil Hanlon era,” but a witty alumnus wrote in to suggest a better title: the “Phil Hanlon error.” After all, Carolyn Dever’s “return to teaching and research” seems to have been handled as clumsily as most everything else that this administration does.

First is the issue of timing. Why does a senior academic officer announce in mid-October that she is leaving in mid-November. Provost Dever probably had a three-year contract that ended on June 30. Leaving her position at that time would have been consistent with usual practice in higher education.

And if Carolyn’s decision to step down was planned, as the College wants us to believe, why was there not an interim-Provost standing in the wings ready to take over from her? Could it be that Phil is having a tough time finding someone in Hanover who wants to work closely with him?

One has to wonder if the checkered past of the Gender Research Institute (GRID) — undoubtedly a favorite of lefty Carolyn — had anything to do with her departure. GRID notoriously brought to Hanover speakers like Jasbir Puar and Linda Sarsour, and more recently, visiting scholar Mark Bray, who seemingly endorsed preemptive violence against groups with whom he disagrees. The program was shut down without notice on July 1:

GRID Closes.jpg

Was GRID’s closure a sign that someone had muscled Carolyn aside for the good of the College?

In any event, we are without a Provost, and most of the rest of Phil’s team is struggling to perform their jobs (an absence of leadership from Phil doesn’t help much).

As I repeatedly have said, how can the Trustees not see how poorly the College is being run?

Addendum: I had hoped to confirm that Carolyn Dever is the College’s first $800,000/year English professor, but we’ll have to wait for the IRS 990 form for 2018. College spokesperson Diana Lawrence is not spilling the beans:

From: Joseph Asch

Date: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 3:21 PM
Subject: Provost Dever
To: Diana Lawrence


Provost Dever’s salary is a matter of public record, given that it appears every year in Dartmouth’s IRS 990 filing.

Can you please let me know whether her Provostial compensation of approximately $800,000 per year will continue once she has return to teaching, or will she be paid in a manner similar to other English professors at the College?

Thank you for your assistance.



From: Diana Lawrence
Date: Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 4:29 PM
Subject: Re: Provost Dever
To: Joseph Asch

Hi, Joe,

Whatever Dartmouth is required to report publicly via the IRS Form 990 will be disclosed at that time. The College does not share the details of its contracts with employees.


Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

Forgot about Bray. Getting rid of GRID was either good or desperate policy. I think the capital campaign probably is forcing some hard conversations. Fundraising people definitely mention Puar as a problem. I’m very interested in what they paid Puar, and Sarsour.


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