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BREAKING: Committee on the Faculty Chair Stephen Brooks Resigns in Protest
After reading Thursday’s post that summarizes President Phil Hanlon’s endless errors of judgment, it’s hard to imagine that there are still other mistakes that he could make. But Phil’s incompetence seemingly has no end, and when I returned home from a recent trip, there was an envelope in my Hanover mailbox with no return address, the contents of which showed yet again how weak a manager Phil can be.
Government Professor Stephen Brooks has been featured in this space because of his energetic efforts to restore faculty salaries to a competitive level, his fine scholarship, and his devotion to teaching undergraduates (and alumni). Brooks’ work on faculty compensation was accomplished in his role as the Chair of the Committee on the Faculty (COF) — a position he held until his recent, but until now unpublicized, resignation.
Brooks’ resignation letter, a carefully written and reasoned missive, is a valuable insight into yet another dimension of Phil Hanlon’s ineptitude. I’m glad that it found its way to my house. It shows clearly that rather than working with Professor Brooks to solve specific campus problems (faculty salaries, parking), Phil tried to isolate him, as if Brooks were no more than a troublemaker. As a result, Brooks resigned. What a disappointment:
Some commentary tomorrow.
Addendum: Meeting with senior members of the administration is a responsibility explicitly outlined in the remit of the Committee on the Faculty:
Yet Phil tried to cut Brooks off from doing something that he was constitutionally empowered to do? Once again: Oh, Phil.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
Have you ever taken part in a football pool that pays out if you pick all the winners for the week but also pays out if you pick all the losers because that is equally difficult to do? Well, right now Phil is in the money. Simply amazing he can get everything wrong…
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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- 2007 Trustee Election
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