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Paxson vs. Hanlon; Brown in a Knockout
Brown President Christina Paxson took office on July 1, 2012, and three years and three months later, on October 23, 2015, following a two-year “quiet phase,” she launched the $3.0 billion BrownTogether capital campaign. Last week, with $1.64 billion raised in a little more than a total of four years, the campaign passed its halfway mark. Brava, Christina.
Meanwhile in Hanover, over four and a half years into Phil Hanlon’s Presidency, we are still in the very quiet phase of our own sputtering capital campaign. And though the College’s Occom Chronicle of Philanthropy touts the “enormous vote of confidence” in Phil that his fundraising results supposedly represent (as opposed to a vote of no confidence), the numbers, which declined in 2017 despite a soaring stock market, are hardly enchanting. In Phil’s four years, he has raised $1.2 billion, part of a one-day-to-be-announced campaign that will only be in the area of $2.5-$3.0 billion:
The increase over the preceding period is solid, but then the soaring market and the surging staffing in Advancement for the new campaign helped. But how is it that a fundraising powerhouse like the College — our endowment today is 41.7% bigger than Brown’s — hasn’t been able to raise as much money as Brown over the same time period, and doesn’t even have the ambition to have a larger campaign than our sister school in Providence.
Dartmouth decelerando anyone?
Addendum: When Paxson arrived at Brown, the school’s endowment was $2.46 billion. As of July 1, 2017, the endowment had grown to $3.5 billion — a 42.28% increase over five years. Over the same time period, the College’s endowment grew from $3.5 billion to $4.96 billion — a 41.7% increase.
Recall, as I always want you to do, that Brown has 46.3% more students than we do — 9,380 vs. 6,409. Yet we are much richer than the Bruins: we have both an absolutely bigger endowment and fewer students. And though Brown can point to a “a gleaming state-of-the-art Engineering Research Center” that it has built in the last three years, the College can be proud of, um, well, The D’s story about this event: “The Dartmouth Center for Service changed its name this month to the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact.”
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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