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Phil Loves Bob

And the Trustees love Phil. Why?

Expressions of support are a dime a dozen, but when senior people get big raises/bonuses, you have to think that the folks doling them out are sending the most positive message possible. So who merited hefty raises between calendar 2015 and 2016 at the College? If you guessed under-performers Phil Hanlon ‘77 and Bob Lasher ‘88, I think that you were peeking (or you are truly cynical).

Here’s what Dartmouth’s top administrators earned in 2015 (this table comes from IRS Form 990 that all non-profits must file each year):

Form 990 Lasher-Hanlon 2015.jpg

President Hanlon took in a total of $1,251,216. And VP for Advancement Bob Lasher was paid $545,105.

And in 2016 Phil received $1,348,735. Lasher earned $646,678:

Form 990 Lasher-Hanlon 2016.jpg

Phil’s increase of $97,519 (7.8%) contrasts favorably for Phil in comparison to the slim raise pool allocated to Dartmouth’s underpaid faculty. And Lasher’s jump of $101,573 (18.6%) came in the form of a bonus, as the Form 990 notes:

Lasher Bonus 2016.jpg

But the question we have to ask about both of these increases is: for what?

After close to five years in Hanover now, Phil’s campus is falling apart, the faculty is underpaid, the house system is the object of disdain by students (who happily drink hard alcohol in the dorms and elsewhere), and the capital campaign is only now getting off the ground. Bob Lasher is as responsible for the latter point as much as Phil. To take the measure of Bob, you but need to read this secret shopper report.

Oh, brother. Is this place a mess.


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