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Presidential Search Update

Al Mulley
Al Mulley ′70 (Photo by Tilman Dette ′10)
In the search for Dartmouth's 17th president, gathering input from the Dartmouth community has been a top priority for the Board of Trustees. Five open forums have been held on campus over the past two months, hosted by Board Chair Ed Haldeman '70 and Trustee and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee Al Mulley '70. The Board has held two special meetings to focus on a Statement of Leadership Criteria, based in part on the feedback they have gathered at those forums (see related article) and input from meetings with alumni, leaders of the higher education community, via online suggestions, and through the mail. "It is clear from the community's input that we share a commitment to Dartmouth's mission: ‘To educate the most promising students and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership, through a faculty dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge,'" wrote Haldeman and Mulley in a May 21 letter to the community. "You have reminded us of Dartmouth's responsibility to educate leaders for a global society in which the challenges in our own times are as great, or greater, than those that led former Dartmouth President John Sloan Dickey to tell the incoming class in 1946, ‘The world's troubles are your troubles.'"

Ed Haldeman
Ed Haldeman ′70 (Photo by Joseph
Mehling ′69)
The two trustees also reported that the firm Isaacson, Miller had been retained to consult on the search. John Isaacson, the firm's principal, is a member of the Class of 1968. "After interviewing several firms, Isaacson, Miller emerged as our clear choice," explained the trustees. Noting that the firm has conducted hundreds of leadership searches for institutions such as the Smithsonian, Brown, Tufts, the University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt, they added, "John Isaacson knows Dartmouth well and will bring tremendous wisdom to the search."

Haldeman and Mulley explained that searches routinely take approximately nine months to complete, and pointed out that this would keep the board "on track for an announcement next spring." They added that the board intends to maintain the transparency and openness it has established thus far, while preserving the level of confidentiality that will make it possible for the strongest candidates to participate. They also urged alumni and others to continue to send input. "We welcome your continued participation," they wrote, "as we identify and select the next leader of this exceptional institution."

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Last Updated: 6/12/08