Postgraduate fellow Kelsey Pinson ‘12 presented an overview of her work in medical foster care at Children’s Aid Society, New York City.
February: The DPCS mentored service letter is intended to share aspirational stories about motivated alumni mentors, enthusiastic undergraduate interns, engaged alumni classes, and recent graduates who are charting their paths into community service.
January 2013: A new cohort of DPCS interns will be taking the field in Boston, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, working on a variety of social service programs ranging from support for refugees to work in public schools to treatment for multiple sclerosis. The interns are being mentored by a variety of Dartmouth alumni, who hope to lend their professional and personal support to the students in the field.
July 2012: DC-Area Coordinator Named for Postgraduate Program
Dartmouth Partners in Community Service is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Davidson Jr. ’67 as the new coordinator for the postgraduate program in Washington, DC.
Bob Davidson is a former federal senior executive at the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Since his retirement from Government in 2009, Bob has been a part-time consultant, has pursued his interest in photography, and has served as President of the Dartmouth Club of Washington D.C., among other volunteer activities. He was named “Dartmouth Club President of the Year” for 2011 from among the 86 active regional clubs, and was recently selected to serve a three-year term on Dartmouth’s Alumni Council.
At the Corporation for National Service, Bob served as Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and to the Director of Learn and Serve America. In these roles he led the agency’s management improvement team, developed agency-wide management, budget and strategic planning initiatives, and led an inter-agency Community Service Work-Study task force. Working with the White House, he also designed and managed an entirely new program– the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
At the U.S. Department of Education, Bob served in several senior positions, including five years as the Department’s Deputy Chief Information Officer and Director of its Year 200 Project, and 14 years as Director of the Postsecondary Analysis Division, in the Office of the Undersecretary. In the later role he was responsible for development, presentation, and execution of the Department’s student and college aid program budgets totaling over $60 billion annually, and served as an advisor to several Undersecretaries and Secretaries of Education. He previously served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Student Financial Assistance and as a student aid policy analyst and regulations task force leader.
In addition to creating the new higher education community service honor roll program, Bob’s national higher education policy accomplishments include: creation of the Direct Student Loan program, which has replaced the hugely costly and error-prone guaranteed student loan system, expansion of Federal Work-Study Community Service, and development of student loan default prevention and student consumer protection regulations. While serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, Bob created and managed the Navy’s first accredited seagoing college program—on the USS John F. Kennedy.
Bob holds an AB in Philosophy from Dartmouth College and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. Bob has received several awards for his Government service, including the Undersecretary’s Reinvention Leadership Award in 1999, a Presidential award in 2001, and CNCS’s Inspirational Service Award in 2007.