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Statement from Dartmouth President James Wright regarding missing Tuck summer program student

Posted 08/12/05

To Members of the Dartmouth Community, 

I'm very sad to report that a student in the summer Bridge Program at the Tuck School is missing after swimming in the Connecticut River. We have been working closely with both the Hanover Police and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to locate the student. The dedication and professionalism of the officers who have been working on this case since the early morning hours is very much appreciated and has impressed us all. I have talked with Bob Hansen, the Senior Associate Dean of the Tuck School, who is working closely with the students and faculty to provide support. He has also been in touch with Dean Paul Danos, who is away from campus. 

I have attached below a statement with a little more information from our Public Affairs Office. We are working to get as much information as we can and to be in touch with the student's family. I know you will join me in reaching out and taking good care of yourselves and others. 

We will, of course, provide an update as soon as we can. Should you want to talk with a professional counselor about this, students should contact 603-650-1442. Faculty and employees should contact the Employee Assistance Program at 603-646-1165.  

James Wright
President

STATEMENT:

A student who was participating in the summer Bridge Program at the Tuck School of Business was reported missing after swimming in the Connecticut River sometime early in the morning on August 12 2005. Officials from several local and regional police departments spent several hours on the river searching for the student and, at roughly 7 a.m. this morning, New Hampshire Fish and Game assumed jurisdiction for a recovery mission involving divers from around the state. The student's name is being withheld pending notification of the family. Our hearts are with the student's family at this difficult time and our immediate concern is the well being of those other students involved in the Bridge Program at the Tuck School. Extensive counseling is being provided to them and to others who request it. 

This matter is currently under investigation by the Hanover Police Department. All questions concerning this should be directed to them at: 603-643-2222.

The summer Bridge Program at the Tuck School is a four-week career-focused program that teaches business fundamentals to juniors, seniors and recent graduates majoring in the liberal arts and sciences from institutions around the world.

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