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Presidential Steering Committee

President Phil Hanlon ’77, echoing what Board of Trustees Chair Steve Mandel ’78 wrote to the community in March 2014, is asking everyone at Dartmouth to come together to end high-risk and harmful behavior on campus that is hurting students, dividing the community, distracting the College from its core mission, and compromising its vision for the future.

Under the banner of Moving Dartmouth Forward, a Presidential Steering Committee is being established to recommend actions to end high-risk and harmful behavior in the following three critical areas: sexual assault, high-risk drinking, and lack of inclusivity.

The group will spend the summer researching and crowdsourcing the best solutions for the way forward. Members will examine the best practices of other universities; speak with the leading experts in each area of focus; and solicit ideas from student organizations, individual students, and every member of the Dartmouth family.


This effort cannot be viewed as a mandate from the top; to be successful, we must all join this discussion. Please share your ideas and input by June 30, 2014, through any of the following venues:

We also encourage you to participate in the ongoing Campus Conversations public meetings.

Process & Timeline

On April 16, 2014, Hanlon launched the process with a presidential summit including dozens of student leaders as well as faculty, staff, and alumni. See his full remarks from the event.

Phase 1: Engagement, May 5 – June 30

The Committee will engage the community and ask for suggestions on how to end extreme and harmful behaviors on campus through small group discussions and forums on and off campus. The Committee will also be seeking comments through the Improve Dartmouth and Moving Dartmouth Forward websites.

Phase 2: Feasibility, July – September

The top ideas generated during the engagement period will be evaluated and assessed through feasibility studies and expert consultation.

Phase 3: Re-engagement, September – November

The Committee will publicly announce the top ideas developed during the engagement period that were successfully tested during the feasibility period and recognized as having genuine promise for implementation and impact. The community will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the ideas.

Phase 4: Preparation of Report, November – December

The Committee will prepare its recommendations and report and present them to President Hanlon and his senior leadership team.

Phase 5: Board Submission, January

President Hanlon and his senior leadership team will present recommendations to the Board of Trustees in January and request an endorsement of the proposed plan of action. The committee will release its final report.

Phase 6: Implementation, January and beyond

Communication and implementation of the final plan begins.

Throughout the entire process, the Committee will seek advice and the counsel of members of the Dartmouth Community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents. The Committee will also provide regular progress reports to senior leadership.

Committee Membership

Every member of the community—especially students—must be part of the solution. To this end, the Presidential Steering Committee includes representation from students, faculty, administrators, and alumni.

The Committee members are:

  • Barbara E. Will, Professor of English, Chair of the Committee
  • Craig J. Sutton, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Ryan C. Hickox, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
  • Deborah A. Tyson, Senior Assistant Dean, Student Academic Support Services
  • Drew T. Galbraith, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Peak Performance
  • Frank M. Cunningham III '16
  • John A. Damianos '16
  • Kayla M. Wade '16
  • Kelsey M. Weimer '16
  • Susan M. Finegan '85, President, Association of Alumni
  • John B. Osborn '88

Last Updated: 12/18/14