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Dartmouth’s new president

Philip Hanlon

Yesterday, Dartmouth announced that Phillip J. Hanlon, Provost at the University of Michigan, will be the College’s new President. Hanlon is a member of the Dartmouth class of 1977. In addition to his administrative responsibilities at Michigan, he is a distinguished professor of mathematics.

Joe Asch, my go-to person on Dartmouth matters now that my daughter has graduated, says he’s “thrilled” with the selection of Hanlon and considers it a “great choice.” Joe has previously touted Hanlon as a potential Dartmouth Trustee and member of the current presidential search committee.

A good friend of mine who knows Hanlon as a colleague at Michigan describes him as “terrific” — honest, smart, and hard-working. He thinks Dartmouth made an excellent choice.

We’ll see, but there’s reason to be optimistic.

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