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Dale Balch

Facility Operations and Management, labor A

ON THE JOB: Balch, who lives in Hartland, Vt., has worked at Dartmouth for nearly 20 years. “I started as custodian and have been in this job for 10 years,” said Balch. “I help move offices, deliver supplies, and in winter we do snow removal. There’s also an event every day at the college, so there’s always something to do to help set it up.”

Dale BalchDale Balch of FO&M. (Photo by Bonnie Barber)

INAUGURATION: Vox of Dartmouth talked to Balch five days before the September 22 Inauguration of President Jim Yong Kim. “It’s going to be busy,” he said of the preparations. “When we set up graduation we have four days. We have one day to set up Inauguration. But we’ve worked together long enough that everybody knows what they’re doing. It’s good teamwork.”

PRECISION: For Inauguration and every year at Commencement the set-up crew has to locate the center point of the Green to properly align the chairs. “Everything has to be straight. We do it with tape measures and string,” says Balch.

PERKS: Balch also serves as a driver on campus for special guests of the College. “I drove [honorary degree recipient] Bill Russell at Commencement this year,” said Balch. “I was hoping to meet Willie Mays in 2007, but his flight was delayed so I didn’t get to drive him. But President [Emeritus] James Wright got me an autographed baseball for my son.”

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By BONNIE BARBER

Last Updated: 9/28/09