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Founded in 1769, Dartmouth College is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s greatest academic institutions. As an R1 institution with high research activity, Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts and Sciences and its four leading graduate schools—the Geisel School of Medicine, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business. The College serves a total enrollment of 6,500 students, employs over 4,200 faculty and staff, and encompasses over 161 administrative, academic, residential, and athletic buildings. With its quarter term academic calendar, Dartmouth’s highly residential 269 acre main campus remains a very active 24/7 environment year-round. The College is located in the small town of Hanover, New Hampshire, judged one of the best places to live due to its strong sense of community, rich cultural life, and regional resources that include major teaching hospitals, a burgeoning high-tech sector with global connections, and extensive recreational opportunities.

The Position


Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Director of Safety and Security & Emergency Operations is responsible for the comprehensive operations of Dartmouth College’s safety and security services and emergency preparedness and response. The Director leads an unarmed, non-sworn team of approximately 30 security and dispatch professionals, and manages and administers safety and security programs, physical facility security, compliance, training, emergency preparedness, and critical incident response for the College. The Director is actively engaged with the campus community, and works collaboratively with administrators, faculty and students of the College, as well as with local, state and federal authorities to provide a safe, inclusive campus environment that supports academic excellence, independent thought, cultural collaboration, and the educational mission of Dartmouth College.

The Director plans, directs, and evaluates all activities of the department, ensuring appropriate deployment of resources and compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, and local ordinances. As the chief Clery officer, the Director tracks crime statistics to ensure compliance with College, state, and federal reporting responsibilities. The Director is responsible for strategic planning on behalf of the department, as well as providing valuable input into master planning and the design and renewal of facilities throughout the campus to address safety and security priorities. Departmental planning includes providing and advocating for recommended changes needed within the department to maintain appropriate service levels including policies and procedures, staffing and organizational structure, utilization of technology, and the ability to meet or exceed accreditation (e.g., IACLEA) and certification standards. Additionally, the Director is responsible for the hiring, training, and supervising of Department staff and manages the departmental budget of $2.8M. The Director performs risk management functions, coordinates emergency, disaster, and crisis response/drills, implements safety and security operations, including emergency communications, and develops programs and initiatives in support of Dartmouth College’s mission. In addition, the Director maintains an awareness of best practices and national trends related to safety/security and legal issues impacting higher education, and remains an active member of appropriate campus security and law enforcement professional associations.

The Department of Safety and Security works with all aspects of the college including the offices of the President and Provost, Dean of the Faculty , the Division of Student Affairs, the Title IX Office, the Geisel School of Medicine, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Tuck School of Business, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Athletics, Conferences and Events, Campus Services and Facilities, and with security colleagues at the Hood Museum and nearby Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Key accountabilities of the position as stated in the institutional job description include:

Strategic Planning and Leadership

  • Develops, plans, and directs short- and long-term programs and activities for the safety and security of the campus, its people and physical assets by managing the department’s core functions (i.e. patrols, incident intervention, emergency response, crowd control, investigation, community education & crime prevention, enforcement of College standards and policies, etc.).
  • Evaluates program performance and identifies areas where safety/security programs should be developed and acts to bring about their
  • Develops, up-grades, and monitors the crime prevention program with the goal to achieve decline in Circulates crime prevention information.
  • Prepares various program reports, g. annual report on Campus Safety as mandated by U.S. Department of Education, end of term reports on alcohol and drugs on campus, etc.
  • Responsible for Clery Compliance: Annual Report statistics, Daily Crime Log, Emergency Notifications, and Timely Warnings.
  • Manages unions/collective bargaining negotiations.
  • Provide input for physical security and access control systems in new building constructions and renovations.
  • Member of various College administrative committees (i.e. Lenel Executive Committee, the Diversity Council, the Information Security Council, the Risk Council, the Safety Council, etc.)
  • Lead ongoing training, development, and evaluation programs to strengthen staff at all levels; develop succession planning and promotion programs; ensure compliance requirements are being met and standards of accountability are communicated, understood, and applied across the Department.


Directs and manages all around-the-clock safety and security activities and programs for the College and is on-call 24 hours a day.

  • Implements College emergency procedure protocols on all major incidents, e.g., bomb threats, student injuries, etc. Determines parties to be notified and initiates appropriate communication to such personnel as Hanover Chief of Police, on-call staff, etc. Follows emergency through to resolution. Maintains appropriate communications with all interested parties.
  • Acts as a liaison between the College and other law-enforcement agencies. Meets with the local police chief regularly to exchange information and discuss common problems. Meets with state, federal, and other college officials as needed.
  • Oversees and coordinates investigations of College policy violations, crimes, internal affairs, and any incident affecting the normal functioning of College operations.
  • Oversees security plans and details for major evets (i.e. Annual Bon Fire, foreign and domestic leader/dignitary visits, Presidential debates, etc.).
  • Responsible for emergency preparedness and response planning—oversees the Emergency Planning Group (EPG) and the Emergency Management & Response Group (EM&RG).
  • Co-Chairs the Dart-Safe (behavioral threat assessment) group for faculty & staff.
  • Serves as core member of the BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team) for undergraduate students.
  • Leads the investigation of threats and/or harassment of community members
  • Maintains rapport, communications and professional relationships with local police and fire agency chiefs (Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, Norwich, etc.)
  • Works closely with the director of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, Title IX coordinator, and various other offices to collect Clery Act statistics, write the Annual Security Report, and ensure compliance with all Clery Act provisions.


  • Develops, manages and executes department budget (staff, training, uniforms, equipment, vehicle fleet, etc.); manages employee evaluations, payroll, scheduling, case management, and investigations.
  • Researches, develops, and implements department policies and procedures for the delivery of professional, fair and equitable safety and security services to all students, faculty, employees and visitors of the College.
  • Plans, directs, and evaluates all activities of the department, ensuring appropriate deployment and compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, and local ordinances, and tracks crime statistics to ensure compliance with College, state, and federal reporting responsibilities.
  • Hires, oversees training, supervises, and evaluates Department personnel. Plans and coordinates Department activities, assigns and checks work, plans staffing needs, and directs work schedules accordingly.

Campus and Community Relations

  • Enforces college rules and regulations on student conduct, in such areas as alcohol and drug abuse, motor vehicle traffic control, firearms control, public disturbances, etc.
  • Develops and provides community education with emphasis on safety practices and crime prevention.
  • Meets with and speaks to different student organizations during the academic year to discuss general security issues and matters of concern.
  • Fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that values, respects, and supports a highly diverse community to ensure that all members of Dartmouth College feel well-served by the Department of Safety and Security.
  • Establishes relationships of trust and credibility with union leadership and members to ensure open lines of communication that facilitate productive interactions, negotiations, and outcomes aimed at meeting institutional, departmental, and member interests and needs.


  • Participates in the activities of the appropriate professional organizations such as the New Hampshire College and University Security Directors, Vermont Security Directors Association, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administration, and Northeast Security Directors Association.
  • Serves on on-call rotation with ability to respond to campus within 30 minutes for afterhours and emergency situations.
  • Assumes other duties as necessary.


Dartmouth College has enjoyed considerable stability in the leadership role of the Department of Safety and Security (DoSS). The last director served in this capacity for approximately 14 years prior to retirement in spring 2017. Following the director’s retirement the associate director, Keiselim Montás, was named as interim director. During this period of interim leadership, institutional stakeholders have engaged in an initial assessment of the department and have identified a number of priorities that will help shape its future and service to an increasingly complex academic community. Upon completion of the search for a new director, Montás will return to his associate director, second-in-command position.

Prior to five years ago, the DoSS reported to the dean of the college. More recently, DoSS has reported to Richard Mills, Dartmouth’s executive vice president. This change of report line was made in recognition of the fact that the role of director of DoSS had grown considerably throughout the last decade at a time that the institution has also become a more complex, R1 institution. The director continues to have a strong working partnership with the dean of the college and others focused on undergraduate student life (as has long been the tradition), yet also is responsible for providing emergency preparedness, safety, and security for the entire campus which is home to a growing number of graduate degree programs and facilities.


The next director will need to take the time to build an understanding of the College, its residential culture and increasingly diverse community, academic programs, facilities, and small town setting, as well as the services, operations, use of technology, and importantly, the personnel that comprise the current Department of Safety and Security. Discussion with members of the Office of the General Counsel, executive vice president, and other key stakeholders as part of a comprehensive assessment of the Department that also includes a review of recent consulting recommendations and first-hand observations will be critical as the director strives to support and sustain the positive work of this vital unit and map out strategic priorities going forward.

The director is tasked with developing and maintaining a highly professional, forward looking safety and security operation that is attuned to changing dynamics and trends impacting both the College and campus law enforcement nationally. This will require the director identify opportunities for continuous improvement and advocate for needed resources to accomplish those objectives. A strong communications and data-centric skill set will be imperative in making the case for additional resources, though the College and its senior administration are well-aware of the important role that DoSS plays in supporting excellence throughout its educational community.

Additional challenges and opportunities for the next director of safety and security as articulated by stakeholders are listed below.

  • Recruit, train, and retain a professional team of safety and security officers, supervisors, and investigators, and well as Clery compliance officer, communications specialists/dispatchers, and emergency management personnel. Review and update, as appropriate, job descriptions for each position throughout the department.
  • Develop strong working relationships with commanding officers of first response units, including police, fire, and emergency medical services, across all local and regional agencies in the Hanover/Lebanon, NH region as well as nearby Vermont (there are approximately 17 agencies in the region). Take a leadership role in convening these community partners to assure a coordinated approach to critical incident response. Support ongoing communication and shared training exercises with these partners.
  • Devise safety strategies in coordination with federal agencies (FBI, Secret Service, etc.) and others needed for major events that bring high profile individuals to campus, including presidential candidates, elected officials, as well as other prominent figures (domestic and international) and occasionally controversial speakers. The director must position the department as a staunch supporter of free speech and social justice while working with student protestors and other entities to uphold rights and protect the safety of all community members, guests, and property.
  • Regularly evaluate Dartmouth College’s threat assessment and emergency management policies, protocols, and practice. Educate the campus community and its guests on safety prevention, procedures, and resources. Design and lead trainings, including table top exercises that involve other key campus leaders, strengthening understanding of their role, responsibilities, and respective coordination during various emergency situations.
  • Ensure the successful implementation of the College’s $1 million investment directed at upgrading the department’s existing radio communications system.
  • Sustain the Department’s commitment to a strong community policing approach, encouraging DoSS officers to be approachable and accessible as they get to know students, faculty, and staff. Encourage active outreach to positively engage underrepresented members of the campus community and build trusting relationships. Ensure that DoSS officers maintain a friendly presence throughout the campus and especially in areas where large numbers of students are congregated such as during fraternity, sorority, or athletic events to encourage positive interactions and discourage lack of civility or illegal behavior, including excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, hazing, and sexual violence.
  • Design and implement regular training for all DoSS personnel, including training on addressing individuals experiencing mental health crises. Establish clear expectations of professional conduct, presentation, and execution of duties for all DoSS personnel which is critically important to garner the confidence of others throughout the campus community.
  • Forge a close working partnership with the dean of the college, residential life, and student affairs professionals whose work focuses on the success of undergraduate students. Also, work with graduate and professional school deans to ensure the safety and security of their students, faculty, staff, as well as protection of academic and research facilities.
  • Assess the Department’s use of technology across its operations and devise a plan to systematically upgrade systems, hardware, and training to enhance utilization and integration of systems in line with strategic College and Department priorities.
  • Build strong working partnerships with Athletics and Conferences & Events to develop an understanding of their needs and expectations around DoSS services and support, coordinate coverage for regularly scheduled and special events, and determine demands for contracted security and crowd management through external providers, such as Green Mountain Concert Services.
  • Actively manage working relationship(s) with, and clarify expectations of, outside contracted security services.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with Dick’s House (student health services) with whom the DoSS shares adjoining space.
  • Support the work of the Campus Climate and Culture Initiative (C3I), encouraging the building of community, development of cultural competency, respect for all individuals, and elimination of bias.
  • Work closely with the Hanover Police Department and balance town/gown relations, recognizing this can be politically complicated when local residents or town officers exert pressure to “police” College students’ behavior in off-campus spaces where DoSS has no official jurisdiction.
  • Manage the contract with the bargaining unit representing DoSS personnel.
  • Be a good steward of available budgetary resources and seek opportunities where available to secure grants and other external funds to augment the Department’s ability to advance standards of service, achieve accreditation, and distinguish its operations as best in class.


By the close of the first year in the role, the following items will define success for the next director of DoSS. The director will have:

  • Established a reputation for one’s self and that of the department as highly professional;
  • Built strong working relationships with immediate supervisor and other key campus partners;
  • Worked closely with the executive vice president to assure optimal deployment of increased resources designed to enhance the existing communications system and expand staffing over a two to three year period;
  • Broadened the role and institutional perception of DoSS as a service dedicated to meeting the comprehensive safety and security needs of the entire College;
  • Through a collaborative process, devised a three to five year strategic plan that will guide the continuous improvement of the department.


The position requires a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, emergency management, or related field with at least ten years of progressively responsible security or law enforcement experience including patrol, investigation, supervision, training, and administration. A minimum of six years of command level supervisory experience is necessary for success in this search. Additional requirements include: experience developing and leading emergency management preparedness, emergency response, and mitigation; familiarity with campus security, community policing, security services, and crime prevention training and education; excellent problem-solving skills and ability to defuse conflict; evidence of strategic and data-informed decision-making, coupled with strong organizational and multitasking ability; excellent communication skills (oral and written), including the ability to listen effectively and to comfortably interact with constituents at all levels, backgrounds, and identities throughout the College community; demonstrated knowledge of and experience working on matters involving Clery, VAWA, Title IX, violence prevention, sexual misconduct, and acts of bias and discrimination; outstanding interpersonal, negotiation, consensus-building, and relationship building skills; and well-honed political acuity and diplomacy ability. Preferred qualifications include 15 or more years of relevant experience, demonstrated experience within a college or university setting, and an advanced degree.

Several Dartmouth College stakeholders also indicated the following capabilities and attributes would be attractive in a successful candidate.

  • Demonstrate a highly professional, yet approachable demeanor that engenders trust and confidence in others.
  • Maintain a steadfast commitment to a community policing philosophy in which service and educational interactions—as opposed to punitive encounters—with students are a top priority.
  • Demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness when seeking solutions to a wide range of challenges.
  • Communicate effectively up, down, and across the organizational structure with a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, external EMS personnel, government officials, visitors, and guests.
  • Be an effective ambassador and advocate for the department.
  • Bring an understanding of the residential campus, replete with a strong Greek culture, to the role.
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach in providing advice and serving as a valuable resource to the entire campus community.
  • Exhibit a high degree of personal energy and enthusiasm which readily inspires others to do their best work.
  • Think broadly, understand complexity, and lead strategically, while also attending to the tactical, operational, and emergency needs of the department.
  • Exhibit a clear grasp of understanding with regard to the use of technology and social media as it relates to a contemporary, full-service safety and security department and communication with constituents.
  • Maintain an open mind, actively solicit input from others, and demonstrate a willingness to learn and apply new strategies for serving the needs of the community.
  • Be comfortable leading change and nimble, able to adapt priorities and direction as circumstances and opportunities dictate.
  • Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to transparency, honesty, and integrity.


An Overview of the Division of Finance and Administration

The Finance and Administration Division is Dartmouth College’s administrative, business and operating area and encompasses all aspects of the university’s financial, administrative, human resources, campus services, and information technology functions.


  • Campus Services
  • Facilities, Operations and Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Institutional Projects
  • Risk & Internal Controls Services
  • Safety & Security

Leadership of the Division of Finance and Administration

Richard G. Mills – Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration

The Executive Vice President (EVP) for Finance and Administration is the Dartmouth College chief administrative, business, and operating officer and oversees all aspects of the University’s financial, administrative, human resources, campus services, investment, and information technology functions.

Mills joined as the EVP of Dartmouth College in 2013 after previously serving as executive dean for administration at Harvard Medical School. Mills brought more than two decades of experience in higher education, institutional finance and internal audit, human resources, facilities and operations, and business litigation to the institution’s third-highest-ranked administrative position.

At Harvard, Mills simultaneously served on a number of boards, including the committee on risk management, the boards of Harvard University Library and Harvard Clinical Research Institute, and the underwriting subcommittee of the board for CRICO, the University’s captive malpractice insurance company, which insures most Harvard-affiliated practicing physicians. At the direction of Harvard President Drew Faust, Mills also served on committees related to a number of university planning initiatives in areas including energy, global strategy, and enterprise risk management.

Before joining Harvard Medical School in 2005, Mills worked as a litigation attorney, a principal in strategic consulting, and senior staff counsel for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. He received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Hamilton College and a law degree from Boston University.

Organizational Chart for the Division of Finance and Administration

An Overview of the Department of Safety and Security

The Department of Safety and Security provides Dartmouth College with professional safety and security services that include incident response, investigation, and follow up of all security related matters that come to our attention. The department strives to engage the Dartmouth community via education, information sharing, and training programs, as these are its strongest allies in deterrence and prevention. The women and men of this department are dedicated to the Mission of the College and to the department’s stated mission as noted below.

Mission Statement

The Dartmouth Department of Safety and Security is dedicated to the maintenance of a campus environment that supports academic excellence, independent thought, and cultural collaboration. Inherent in that mission is the belief that maintenance of a safe environment where all community members feel secure, welcome, and respected is the foundation on which a learning community can best achieve its ideals. The department is committed to being a cornerstone of that foundation by providing security and service to the community in a professional and responsive manner.

The Department of Safety and Security is committed to rendering service to the Dartmouth community that is consistently characterized by the following:

  • Responsiveness, competent action, and effective problem solving;
  • A commitment to partner with the Dartmouth community in the collective responsibility of helping to maintain the safety, security, and wellbeing of our vibrant community;
  • Fairness, objectivity, and compassion in carrying out the duties of the department;
  • Professional and courteous conduct in all areas of responsibility and in particular when engaging in the enforcement of college rules and regulations;
  • A firm belief that the welfare and safety of community members is the department’s greatest concern and responsibility;
  • A positive, highly visible, and dependable presence throughout the campus and campus community, willing and able to assist the community at all times;
  • An unwavering commitment to Dartmouth College, its people, and the strength of its community.

The current DoSS organizational chart follows. As strategic investments in personnel advance, the organizational chart is expected to expand.

Institution & Location


Institutional History

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s greatest academic institutions. Home to a celebrated liberal arts curriculum and pioneering professional schools, Dartmouth has shaped the education landscape and prepared leaders through its inspirational learning experience.

Throughout its rich history, Dartmouth has never stopped changing and innovating. The College has forged a singular identity, combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts & Sciences and its three leading professional schools—the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business. Dartmouth was named one of the world’s “most enduring institutions” by the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton in 2004.

The charter establishing Dartmouth—the ninth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States—was signed in 1769, by John Wentworth, the Royal Governor of New Hampshire, establishing an institution to offer “the best means of education.” For 250 years, Dartmouth has done that and more.

Dartmouth’s founder, the Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, a Congregational minister from Connecticut, established the College as an institution to educate Native Americans. Samson Occom, a Mohegan Indian and one of Wheelock’s first students, was instrumental in raising the funds necessary to found the College. In 1972—the same year the College became coeducational—Dartmouth reaffirmed its founding mission and established one of the first Native American Programs in the country. With nearly 1,000 alumni, there are now more Native graduates of Dartmouth than of all other Ivy League institutions combined.

Governor Wentworth provided the land that would become Dartmouth’s picturesque 269-acre campus on the banks of the Connecticut River, which divides New Hampshire and Vermont. The College’s natural beauty was not lost on President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who visited in 1953 and remarked, “This is what a college should look like.”

Dartmouth was the subject of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case in 1819, Dartmouth College v. Woodward, in which the College prevailed against the State of New Hampshire, which sought to amend Dartmouth’s charter. The case is considered to be one of the most important and formative documents in United States constitutional history, strengthening the Constitution’s contract clause and thereby paving the way for American private institutions to conduct their affairs in accordance with their charters and without interference from the state.

Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, passionately argued for the original contract to be preserved. “It is … a small college,” he said, “and yet there are those who love it.”

Ranked No. 1 in undergraduate teaching for the last four consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report and recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a “research university with very high research activity,” Dartmouth combines elite academics with thriving research and scholarship.

Dartmouth is home to about 4,450 undergraduates in the liberal arts and over 2,000 graduate students in more than 25 advanced degree programs in the Arts & Sciences and at Dartmouth’s professional schools: the Geisel School of Medicine, the nation’s fourth-oldest medical school; Thayer School of Engineering, one of the nation’s first professional schools of engineering; and the Tuck School of Business, the world’s first graduate school of management.

For more than a quarter of a century, Dartmouth has hosted debates featuring presidential candidates, most recently in 2011. The College is a frequent stop on the campaign trail, giving students the chance to experience firsthand New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary that every four years attracts candidates hoping to woo voters locally and capture attention nationally.

Dartmouth is also home to many cherished traditions, including Dartmouth Night and Homecoming, when alumni return to their alma mater and, along with current students, take part in a parade and bonfire, the latter dating back to 1888.

The annual Winter Carnival began more than 100 years ago as a way to showcase the College’s winter athletes. In 1955, Sports Illustrated said the popular celebration “is a 30-ring circus that makes Ringling Brothers look like a two-wagon job on a vacant lot.” The current incarnation includes a hugely popular “Polar Bear Swim” in Occom Pond.

Another beloved tradition is First-Year Trips, Dartmouth’s outdoor orientation program for incoming students. Led and organized by returning students, the first years get to know Dartmouth and each other while exploring the region’s exceptional natural environment. Students can opt for local excursions—the Appalachian Trail passes through downtown Hanover—or venture as far as Dartmouth’s Second College Grant, a 27,000-acre wilderness 140 miles northeast of Hanover that provides recreational opportunities as well as a unique research laboratory.

For more than four decades, every spring brings the Dartmouth Pow-Wow, honoring Dartmouth’s historic mission of educating Native students. Each year it draws hundreds of competitors and participants from across the Northeast who gather on the Green to celebrate and experience Native culture and history.

Mission and Values

Mission Statement

Dartmouth College educates the most promising students and prepares them for a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership, through a faculty dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge.

Our Core Values

Dartmouth expects academic excellence and encourages independence of thought within a culture of collaboration.

Dartmouth faculty are passionate about teaching our students and are at the forefront of their scholarly or creative work.

Dartmouth embraces diversity with the knowledge that it significantly enhances the quality of a Dartmouth education.

Dartmouth recruits and admits outstanding students from all backgrounds, regardless of their financial means.

Dartmouth fosters lasting bonds among faculty, staff, and students, which encourage a culture of integrity, self-reliance, and collegiality and instill a sense of responsibility for each other and for the broader world.

Dartmouth supports the vigorous and open debate of ideas within a community marked by mutual respect.

Strategic Plan

A leading institution looks not only ahead but around the globe and within itself, to a place that few universities dare to aspire: as committed to world-class research as it is dedicated to teaching excellence. A place that transforms faculty, staff, students, and alumni — so that they may transform their world.

To read about the Dartmouth College strategic planning process, please visit:


Dr. Philip J. Hanlon – President

Philip J. Hanlon ’77 became the 18th president of Dartmouth College on June 10, 2013. He is the 10th Dartmouth alumnus to serve as its president.

As president, Hanlon has championed academic excellence and encouraged innovation in scholarship and teaching. He has launched initiatives to build interdisciplinary strength around global challenges, expanded opportunities for experiential learning, and initiated new seed funding programs to support cutting-edge research and creative endeavors. He launched the Irving Institute for Energy and Society, established the DEN Innovation and New Venture Incubator (now known as the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship), and is leading the expansion of the Thayer School of Engineering. He also created the Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary community of post-doctoral scholars dedicated to the integration of research and teaching.

Committed to reining in the costs of higher education, Hanlon has maintained fiscal rigor, establishing an annual institution-wide reallocation process, while holding tuition increases to the lowest levels since the 1970s.  At the same time, he has overseen record levels of giving.

Under Hanlon’s leadership, Dartmouth has also launched a comprehensive set of initiatives designed to combat high-risk behaviors while building a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for students, faculty, and staff.  Among them are Moving Dartmouth Forward (2015), Inclusive Excellence (2016) and, most recently, the Campus Climate and Culture Initiative (2019), which is aimed specifically at creating a learning environment free from sexual harassment and the abuse of power. These three interlocking initiatives form a broad-based program to ensure that behaviors and relationships in all contexts on campus are consistent with Dartmouth’s values.

As a mathematician, Hanlon’s own academic research is focused on probability and combinatorics, the study of finite structures and their significance as they relate to bioinformatics, computer science, and other fields.  A dedicated teacher-scholar, President Hanlon is also a member of the faculty and teaches first-year calculus and other mathematics courses at Dartmouth.

Hanlon has earned numerous honors and awards for his mathematical research, including a Sloan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Henry Russel Award, and the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and held an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, the University of Michigan’s highest recognition of faculty whose commitment to undergraduate teaching has had a demonstrable impact on the intellectual development and lives of their students.

Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Hanlon served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, where he was also the Donald J. Lewis Collegiate Professor of Mathematics.  Hanlon was a member of the Michigan faculty for over 20 years and held a variety of administrative posts during his tenure. He began his career at the Massachusetts Institute (1981-1983) and was a Bantrell fellow in Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (1983-1986).  Hanlon is a member of the Board of Directors of COFHE and the Executive Committee of the NRC’s Division of Policy and Global Affairs.

Hanlon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth, from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1977, and earned his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1981.

Dr. Joseph J. Helble – Provost

Joseph J. Helble was appointed provost of Dartmouth College in May 2018. Formerly the dean of Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, Helble brought national prominence to the school, making it a national leader in educating women in engineering, and creating the first engineering PhD innovation program in the country to prepare doctoral candidates for entrepreneurial success.

He is a co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s 2014 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education for the design and implementation of Dartmouth’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Program (which includes the PHD Innovation Program), and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Helble received his BS in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, and his PhD in chemical engineering from MIT.

Academic Programs and Faculty

Dartmouth operates on a year-round academic calendar of four, ten-week terms (i.e., quarters). Undergraduate students have flexibility to decide when to study on campus—and when to use time away from Hanover to gain work experience, engage in service, be an intern, or study abroad. Second-year undergraduates are in residence for sophomore summer.

Schools                                                        Faculty Head Count

  • Arts and Sciences                               420 tenured and tenure track, 639 total
  • Geisel School of Medicine                 104 tenured and tenure track, 165 total
  • Guarini School of Graduate and

Advanced Studies                                    8 total

  • Thayer School of Engineering 37 tenured and tenure track, 59 total
  • Tuck School of Business 52 tenured and tenure track, 72 total

Total                                                                      613 tenured and tenure track, 943 total

Undergraduate Arts and Sciences

The Arts and Sciences consist of more than 50 academic departments and programs; top majors among 2019 graduates were economics, government, engineering sciences, computer science, psychology, biology, and history. The Arts and Sciences have 420 tenured and tenure-track faculty members and are among the leaders in the Ivy League in the percentage of tenured women.

Graduate and Professional Schools

Founded in 1797, Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine ranks among the nation’s top medical schools and is known for pioneering many advancements in education, research, and patient care. Geisel encompasses 18 clinical and basic science departments, and draws on the resources of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In addition to the MD degree, the Geisel School offers graduate education in the biomedical sciences and public health, as well as health care delivery science in conjunction with the Tuck School of Business.

The Frank J. Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies was created in 2018 and is the first new school established at Dartmouth in more than a century. However, the graduate arts and sciences program has a long history at Dartmouth; the first Dartmouth PhD was awarded in classics in 1885, and the first modern doctoral programs began in the 1960s. More than 700 students are enrolled in graduate programs in the Arts and Sciences.

Thayer School of Engineering comprises both the undergraduate Department of Engineering Sciences and a professional school with degrees through the doctorate.

Tuck School of Business is the first graduate school of management in the country and consistently ranks among the top business schools worldwide. Tuck offers a full-time MBA as well as executive education and a number of non-degree programs.

The Student Body

Since its founding in 1769 to educate Native students, English youth, and others, Dartmouth has provided an intimate and inspirational setting where talented faculty, students, and staff—diverse in background but united in purpose—contribute to the strength of an exciting academic community that cuts easily across disciplines.

Enrollment (Fall 2019)

Undergraduate: 4,459

Graduate/professional: 2,149

Total enrollment head count: 6,608 (3,342 men, 3,143 women)

Undergraduate Admissions

For the Class of 2022:

22,033 applications

1,169 students enrolled


Undergraduate students of color: 38 percent

International undergraduate students: 10 percent

Graduate students of color: 23 percent

International graduate students: 27 percent

About Hanover, New Hampshire

Hanover, chartered by Governor Benning Wentworth on July 4, 1761, is a town along the Connecticut River in Grafton County, New Hampshire. The population was 11,260 at the 2010 census with 8,636 individuals residing within the main village of the town. The town also contains the villages of Etna and Hanover Center.

Hanover is frequently judged one of the best places to live in the United States because it balances local and global, friendly and efficient, casual and sophisticated. And the heart of Hanover is on Dartmouth’s doorstep. The strong sense of community and rich cultural life of the college fuel, and are fueled by, the town and the region.

Just across the street from the Dartmouth Green, is a tantalizing range of culinary adventures—Thai, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, Italian, American—not to mention pizzerias, bakeries, cafés, and gelato. The region is home to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center. DHMC is also home to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 69 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. In addition to first-rate health care facilities, the region supports a burgeoning high-tech sector with global connections, and an arts scene that perfectly complements Dartmouth’s own cultural offerings. The award-winning Hopkins Center for the Arts is at the heart of campus and the town, and world-class productions by Opera North and Northern Stage are just 15 minutes away. For skiing, hiking, and autumn leaf-peeping, the natural environment surrounding Hanover and the Upper Connecticut Valley is an ideal playground.

Benefits Overview

As an employee of Dartmouth College, the following benefits are available:

  • Medical plans
  • Dental plans
  • Vision plans
  • Prescription drug plans
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Short and long-term disability coverage
  • Retirement plans
  • Tuition assistance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discounts

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Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Discrimination is prohibited on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.