Philip J. Hanlon is now the president of Dartmouth College. With the 2013 commencement complete, Interim President Carol Folt is off to the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill to become the school’s new chancellor. On graduation day, Folt was awarded a surprise doctorate in recognition of all of her years of service and all of her many contributions to the College on the Hill. Hanlon becomes the 18th president in the Wheelock succession and he is the tenth alumnus to lead the college.
At age 57, Hanlon comes to Dartmouth from the University of Michigan where he served as the Donald J. Lewis Professor of Mathematics. Most recently, Hanlon served as provost and executive vice president of the University of Michigan. He returns to his alma mater, from which he graduated in 1977, at a time of a little bit of controversy at the college (it happens to every college every several years). Recently, some LGBT students staged a protest at an admitted students event because they essentially feel Dartmouth fosters a discriminatory environment. It led Interim President Folt to cancel classes for a day so that the community could heal, but there is certainly some work to do to improve this recent negative press and Hanlon will be tasked with doing just this…among many other things.
The last Dartmouth president, Jim Kim, didn’t last very long in his position as he took the post of being president of the World Bank. Do you think Philip Hanlon will last longer? We happen to think so. But we’re curious to hear your thoughts on the new Dartmouth president so let us know by posting below!