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Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?
The College’s list of honorary degree recipients has three big-money donors on it:
1.Mindy Kaling ‘01, actor, writer, producer, author, and comedy star;
2. Peter M. Fahey ‘68, Dartmouth trustee, president of the Class of 1968, and a retired partner of Goldman Sachs;
3. Frank J. Guarini ‘46, former U.S. congressman and representative to the United Nations;
4. William H. Holmes ‘79, surgeon and global public health leader involved with more than 20 humanitarian aid organizations;
5. Sylvia Kaaya, psychiatrist, researcher and dean of the School of Medicine at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania;
6. David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of the Carlyle Group and supporter of The Giving Pledge.
Meanwhile at Brown, there isn’t even one billionaire receiving an honorary degree:
1. Lonnie G. Bunch III, Educator, historian and museum director
2. J. Michael Kosterlitz, Physicist, educator and Nobel Prize winner
3. Beverly E. Ledbetter, Chief legal officer and community leader
4. Nancy Northup, Attorney and global reproductive rights leader
5. Giuseppe Penone, Visual artist
6. Sting, Singer-songwriter, author and activist
7. Trudie Styler, Actress, activist and UNICEF U.K. ambassador
Now here’s something that I don’t get. I wrote on January 15:
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…
Maybe Phil is giving too many honorary degrees to rich guys? Would he do better at fundraising if he gave more recognition to artists, scientists, educators and people fighting for causes.
Addendum: Give Brown credit for ambition. Compare President Paxson’s capital campaign of $3.0 billion to her $3.5 endowment. Dartmouth’s endowment is a hair below $5.0 billion, and Phil’s campaign is the same $3.0 billion.
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…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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