The Opportunity

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 6,761 students 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. Influenced by its distinctive New England setting and heritage, Dartmouth embodies a pioneering commitment to “making a difference” in a community whose members work together to create knowledge, connect to the world, and further their sense of identity and direction.

The Outdoor Programs Office (OPO) is a part of the Student Life area in the Student Affairs Division. It exists to further the educational objectives of Dartmouth College by facilitating transformational educational experiences outdoors for the Dartmouth community.

The Position

Role of the Director of Outdoor PROGRAMS FOR Dartmouth College

Dartmouth’s sense of place in northern New England provides its students with a unique learning environment. The Outdoor Programs Office’s mission is to find inclusive ways for all students to engage with the outdoors to better understand the natural world, themselves, and others. OPO accomplishes this through three main endeavors: supervising the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) (the oldest and largest collegiate outing club in the country), facilitating transformational educational & community programs, and managing a wide variety of outdoor facilities across the State of New Hampshire. This position directs all internal aspects of the Outdoor Programs Office, including program development, oversight of staff, operations, and facilities. Reporting to the associate dean of student life, the director is a member of the Student Life management team and collaborates with colleagues to establish a vision, mission, and goals for Outdoor Programs.

The director assures all programs are properly vetted for alignment with the mission of Outdoor Programs—managing risk appropriately, having proper leadership in place, are well-prepared, and adhering to the highest industry standards, and directs the development, implementation, and ongoing planning for departmental vision and direction, including participation in facility development and renewal planning, staff retreats and professional development, educational and recreational program planning, and fiscal planning. In addition, the director supervises the Dartmouth Outing Club; implementing policies and procedures assuring compliance with college policy; developing and managing all operating budgets with input from staff; and is responsible for financial resource development such as grants, endowment, and annual giving.

This position directs the management of a variety of Outdoor Programs, including student-focused outdoor education such as team building and leadership development programming, ropes courses, physical education classes, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities; outdoor facilities/programs such as Cross Country Ski Touring Center, Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, Ledyard Canoe Club, rental cabins, equipment rental service, a climbing gym; and departmental risk management protocols and programs, including those regarding wilderness medicine, transportation, chainsaw, and other tool use.

 

History of the Position

The current director has served in this capacity for just over two years. He is leaving in August 2022 due to family reasons. Dartmouth has engaged in a national search to find a robust and dynamic leader for the Outdoor Programs Office. Ideally, this new director will overlap a few weeks with the outgoing director to garner invaluable insight into this role, the office, and the Institution.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

Institutional stakeholders shared that in transitioning to Dartmouth, the director will encounter the opportunities, priorities, and challenges listed below, among other goals and responsibilities.

  • This is an incredible opportunity for a new director to work with the OPO staff to infuse new energy and innovation into the co-curricular programs and services, helping the OPO excel and realize its full potential.
  • The new director will work with a talented and highly dedicated group of staff and students.
  • The DOC/OPO is a foundational program for Dartmouth. This rich history of student involvement has resulted in a cadre of active alumni who provide excellent support, as well as frequently offer multiple, divergent perspectives. The new director must learn how to effectively manage this alumni input while valuing their support and balancing the student and staff needs.
  • The OPO needs to continue to work on enhancing the office’s identity, differentiating the office from the Dartmouth Outing Club.
  • Dartmouth’s location is perfect for outdoor educational endeavors. In addition, the OPO has many wonderful facilities to use throughout the year.
  • The OPO is well-suited to be a national leader in outdoor education; this next director could make this happen.
  • Due to COVID, the OPO was permitted to provide no-cost programming to students, which led to an increase in student participation. The OPO would like to explore the continuation of low or no-cost programming to further increase the involvement of all Dartmouth students.
  • The director must work with the staff to ensure they are creating new partnerships with other campus stakeholders and remaining actively immersed in campus life.
  • All OPO services, programs, and initiatives should, at their core, be focused on co-curricular education and student development.
  • Dartmouth recently opened a Wilderness Medical Center, providing an excellent opportunity for new programs and co-sponsorship.
  • The DOC takes great pride in being student-run. However, the students are open to staff assistance and mentoring. The OPO staff should explore ways to further engage the DOC in meaningful ways.
  • The OPO needs to continue its work to ensure all offerings are inclusive of the entire student population. Underrepresented students should feel welcome and comfortable participating in OPO activities.
  • The new director must establish a vision and direction for the department with goals, expectations, and priorities that the entire office embraces.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining Dartmouth, the following will define initial success for the director.

  • The director has acclimated and embraced the culture of Dartmouth and is involved, visible, and engaged in all aspects of the OPO and, more broadly, in campus life.
  • Robust and positive working relationships with other Division of Student Life members, key campus stakeholders, and community partners are evident; the director is viewed as a valued colleague.
  • The director has established meaningful relationships with students based on trust and respect.
  • The director has learned about the office’s history and knows the staff members as individuals and valued partners.
  • The OPO staff morale is high as people feel heard and respected for their input and expertise.
  • The director has worked with staff to develop new programs and initiatives to enhance the office’s reach and services to the entire student population ensuring all students feel welcomed; the OPO feels inclusive and diverse.
  • The new director has fostered a solid working relationship with the active alumni, both valuing their input and support.
  • The OPO has embraced an educational mission that is apparent in all its programs and services.
  • The student participation on trips and the students involved in the DOC are increasingly diverse.
  • The director has reviewed organizational strengths and weaknesses and has demonstrated the ability to manage short-term change and long-term planning for the office.
  • The director and the OPO have made promising strides in making the OPO a premiere, contemporary program.
  • The OPO has been branded in such a way that the campus community has a better understanding of the mission, values, and unique components of the OPO.

Qualifications

Qualifications and Characteristics

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree with seven years of experience administering outdoor programs or the equivalent combination of education and experience. The director will be familiar with the skills, language, central issues, and concerns of outdoor disciplines, including knowledge of programmatic risk management. Additionally, the new director will have a demonstrated commitment to the ideas of a liberal arts education and to promoting pluralism and intercultural understanding; strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to relate to a diverse population including students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and other stakeholders; and outstanding communication skills, including public speaking, and ability to communicate effectively with all constituencies in the campus and greater community. The successful candidate will have the ability to address complex issues that include a wide variety of subject matter and a multi-faceted mission; the ability to develop a multi-year vision while maintaining annual focus; conceptual skills necessary to view the department holistically and make decisions for its overall welfare; and solid organizational, budgetary, and financial management skills. Demonstrated success in leading and developing a professional staff/team, including volunteers and students, and shown experience working both independently and collaboratively, with outstanding proficiency in teamwork, collaboration, flexibility, and organizational problem-solving are required attributes of the new director.

 

In addition to the stated qualifications and characteristics, Dartmouth stakeholders identified the following attributes to be essential characteristics of the ideal candidate.

  • A solid foundation of outdoor experience and technical abilities coupled with the necessary skills to successfully manage the administrative responsibilities of the position while remaining student-centered
  • Credible, supportive, and approachable supervisor with knowledge of the responsibilities of each staff member’s position, respect for their work and contributions, and proficiency at advocating for the programs and other needs of staff and students
  • A strong collaborator, seeking innovative ways to partner with new and existing departments on campus to further the educational mission of the OPO and integrate the office into the broader campus community
  • A deep passion for outdoor pursuits and leadership with a genuine enthusiasm to share their skills and experiences with the OPO
  • Serve as a true advocate and “face” for the entire office, positively representing their work and needs effectively to leadership and the campus community
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for the need for risk management practices and the ability to infuse an ethos of empathy and care into the work of the OPO
  • A passion for partnering with and advocating for students while developing a broad understanding of the total student experience at OPO with a firm commitment to student success
  • Maintain an unwavering passion for serving students—including a deep interest in supporting the needs of underrepresented and marginalized students
  • A compassionate, accessible, transparent, ethical leader with excellent communication skills to articulate vision, direction, and purpose and earn the respect and confidence of the faculty, staff, and students
  • Experience leading in a culture of change, with the capacity to motivate staff and students to accept and embrace change
  • Strategic, future thinker, and collaborator committed to advancing student success within the OPO and the entire campus community
  • Proven record of accessing organizations, revamping policies and procedures, and using technological advances to enhance efficiencies
  • Demonstrated leadership ability with excellent management skills and the ability to build a solid framework to effectively develop and manage a complex organization of staff and students
  • Embrace innovation and creativity, and be willing to try new services and approaches to most effectively meet the needs of the students; help the OPO grow
  • A team-building approach that continues to foster a positive relationship among the entire staff; the capacity to equally hold staff accountable and celebrate accomplishments and positive contributions
  • Possess a deep understanding of principles of diversity and social justice, with the ability to enhance equity and inclusivity within the OPO
  • Proven ability to effectively work with staff members at various levels of development and knowledge, and demonstrate authenticity, passion, and care in all endeavors
  • Strong ability to build external relationships and work with the local community
  • Excellent fiscal management skills

Institution & Location

Overview of the Outdoor Programs Office 

The Outdoor Programs Office delivers transformative educational experiences outdoors.

Dartmouth College has a long history of involvement with the out-of-doors. In 1909 the Dartmouth Outing Club was formed to encourage and support Dartmouth students in winter sports—primarily skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. The club grew quickly and hosted Dartmouth’s first Winter Carnival in 1911. During the 1910s and ’20s it divided itself into special interest divisions, teams, and affiliated outdoor groups. Ski coaches were hired in the ’20s, club managers and woodcraft advisors in the ’30s. By the 1960s, the club was very complex financially and programmatically. It was also managing many outdoor facilities and using other facilities owned by the College but managed by other offices. Clearly the club needed greater administrative support.

In 1970 Dartmouth College created the Department of Outdoor Affairs in order to relieve the Dartmouth Outing Club of many of its administrative burdens, to meet the burgeoning awareness of environmental issues, and to manage the Second College Grant and Moosilauke properties. In 1984 the office was renamed the Outdoor Programs Office as part of an effort to re-emphasize student activities over the management of college properties.

The Outdoor Programs Office has administrative responsibilities covering: the Dartmouth Outing Club, outdoor education seminars, workshops, and courses, such as Physical Education and the Challenge Course, the Connecticut River waterfront and the Ledyard Canoe Club, Mount Moosilauke and the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, recreational and educational uses of the Second College Grant and Oak Hill, the Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center, the Climbing Gym, the Dartmouth Outdoor Rentals program, and the Andrew W. Mellon Grant and Northern Studies Endowment distribution.

The Outdoor Programs Office is a part of the Student Life area in the Student Affairs Division. It exists to further the educational objectives of Dartmouth College by facilitating outdoor opportunities for the Dartmouth community.

Services

Dartmouth Outdoors has everything one would need to enjoy the beautiful outdoor opportunities around Dartmouth and all over New Hampshire and Vermont!

Dartmouth Outing Club

The Dartmouth Outing Club is the oldest and largest collegiate outing club in the country. Anyone—member or not—may stay at the cabins, go on trips, rent gear, and take classes.

DOC was originally formed in 1909 to “stimulate interest in out-of-door winter sports” and quickly grew to encompass the College’s year-round out-of-doors recreation. The club has undergone constant evolution over the course of its 100+-year history to meet the ever-changing needs of its members.

Today the club has over 1,500 student members (about a quarter of the College’s student population) and about as many non-student members, making it (to our knowledge) the largest collegiate outing club in the nation (as well as the first). The DOC organizes trips in the out-of-doors, provides outdoor leader and medical/safety education, maintains over fifty miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and is the first introduction to the College for most of the incoming students. The DOC also plays an active role in stewardship of the environment through the Organic Farm Club and its close relationship with Sustainable Dartmouth.

Due to its size, the DOC is organized as an umbrella organization for about a dozen member clubs, which each specialize in an aspect of outdoor recreation. Membership in the DOC is open to all members of the Dartmouth community, and to others who share common interests.

First-Year Trips

First-Year Trips is an orientation experience which aims to support the transition of incoming students to Dartmouth while fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment for all new members of the Dartmouth community. First-Year Trips collaborates with New Student Orientation and Outdoor Programs to provide peer-led, small-group connections in the spaces and places within and surrounding Dartmouth’s campus.

https://outdoors.dartmouth.edu/opo/

 

The Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life—in partnership with students, faculty, and staff—is committed to developing positive, inclusive student opportunities and experiences that contribute to an outstanding Dartmouth education.

The Dartmouth Pledge is a key component of the Principles of Community under the Office of Student Life.

As a member of the Dartmouth community:

I hold myself to the highest standards of learning, teaching, service, and scholarship. I will conduct myself with integrity, in all matters.

As a citizen of this community, I accept several responsibilities.

  • I am responsible for my own education.
  • I will read, understand, and uphold the Academic Honor Principle.
  • I will contribute to this community and conduct myself, here and in the wider world, in a manner worthy of my education.

I affirm that in the Dartmouth community:

  • We learn together.
  • We teach one another.
  • We create knowledge together.
  • We treat ourselves and each other with dignity and respect.
  • We recognize that our diverse backgrounds broaden our understanding of the world.
  • We appreciate that an honest and civil exchange of ideas—especially conflicting ones—strengthens our intellect and makes for an inclusive community.

https://students.dartmouth.edu/student-life/

Leadership of the Office of Student Life

Eric L. Ramsey – Associate Dean for Student Life

Eric Ramsey oversees the Office of Student Life, the Collis Center, Student Involvement, Outdoor Programs Office, Dartmouth Broadcasting, Dartmouth Forensic Union, Community Standards and Accountability, Center for Social Impact, and New Student Orientation and coordinates long-range and strategic planning. He advises Student Assembly, Student & Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault, Dean of the College Student Advisory Board, and the Student Life Advisory Board and is responsible for Moving Dartmouth Forward Initiatives, including the Alcohol Management Program and the Student Organization Accountability Program.

https://students.dartmouth.edu/student-life/people/eric-l-ramsey

Overview of the Division of Student Affairs

Our Mission

Dartmouth College exists to prepare the most promising students for a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership launched by a focus on intellectual and personal growth in a residential liberal arts community. Thus, Student Affairs fosters the integration of learning and student life, with a view toward students’ contributions to the world beyond Dartmouth. At Dartmouth, our goal is that the ways that students live, learn, and lead seamlessly intersect to create a community of learners and doers.

Whether through co-curricular innovations, advising and academic enhancement programs, student organizations, residential education, health, and wellness programming, faith and cultural identity support, service and professional development, or traditional college celebrations, we seek to empower all students to reach their full potential as critical thinkers who live, work, and serve in complex communities.

In partnership with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, we foster a learning environment that:

  • Integrates intellectual, personal, and professional development into all students’ experiences.
  • Constructively engages and strengthens our community.
  • Critically examines values, beliefs, systems, and structures.
  • Expects and assists students in holding themselves and each other accountable for a community that is welcoming, inclusive, and equitable.
  • Embraces challenge as opportunities for growth and celebrates achievements.

https://student-affairs.dartmouth.edu/

Leadership of the Division of Student Affairs

Scott C. Brown – Interim Dean of the College

Interim Dean of the College Scott Brown is the senior officer responsible for academic and co-curricular life at Dartmouth. He oversees the division of Student Affairs, including Student Support Services, Health and Wellness, Community Life and Inclusivity, Student Life, and Residential Life and the House Communities.

Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Dean Brown served as Interim Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Northern Arizona University, Vice President and Dean of Students at The College of Wooster, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Colgate University, Director of the of the Daniel L. Jones Career Development Center at Mount Holyoke College, and as an Area Director in Residential Life at Dartmouth.

Dean Brown has been active in higher education through leadership involvement in state associations and national conventions, publications, and presentations on a wide range of topics such as creating powerful learning environments, understanding complex issues of identity, and examining student affairs as a profession. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Sexuality Education, the International Journal of Aging and Human Development, the Journal of College Student Development, and the Journal of Colleges and Employers. A first-generation college student, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, his master’s degree in education from Indiana University, and his doctorate from the University of Maryland.

https://student-affairs.dartmouth.edu/about/dean-college

 

Institutional Overview

Institutional History

Dartmouth’s root system weaves through many pivotal moments in the history of the United States. Founded in 1769, the College has shaped the education landscape and prepared generations of leaders to advance industries, societies, and cultures. Dartmouth’s founder, Eleazar Wheelock, a Congregational minister from Connecticut, established the College “for the education and instruction of youth of the Indian tribes in this land… English Youth, and any others.” Samson Occom, a Mohegan Indian and one of Wheelock’s first students, was instrumental in raising the funds necessary to found the College.

New Hampshire Governor John Wentworth provided the land on the banks of the Connecticut River that would become Dartmouth’s picturesque 269-acre campus. The setting gives Dartmouth a profound sense of place that has become one of its hallmarks. Its profound natural beauty was not lost on President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who remarked, “This is what a college should look like,” when he visited in 1953.

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 one of the most important and formative documents in United States constitutional history, paving the way for American private institutions to conduct their affairs in accordance with their charters without interference from the state. Politician, statesman, and Dartmouth alumnus Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, passionately argued for the original charter to be preserved. “It is … a small college,” he said, “and yet there are those who love it.”

During its first 200 years, Dartmouth did little to actualize its founding commitment to Native students. In 1970, Dartmouth reaffirmed its founding mission and two years later established one of the first Native American programs in the country. Today, 200 Indigenous students—representing more than 70 different tribal nations & communities—attend the College. Dartmouth counts over 1,200 Native graduates among its alumni.

With a celebrated liberal arts curriculum and pioneering professional schools, Dartmouth has forged a singular identity, combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship. The College has been at the forefront of educational invention, continually identifying new methods of enhancing the impact of higher education such as the Rassias Method® for foreign language instruction. Now a worldwide phenomenon, the method was invented by Dartmouth Professor John Rassias in the 1960s.

Dartmouth’s groundbreaker DNA is also borne out in its 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. Dartmouth is also the first school in the world to offer a graduate degree in health care delivery science.

In 2017, Dartmouth topped the Ivy League in Nature’s innovation index, awarded for the greatest number of scientific papers that lead to patents. And the College has been rated in the top 10 of all schools for undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report for the entire lifetime of the rankings-including several years at #1.

When a school is imbued with such a profound sense of place and such a powerful sense of community, it stands to reason that after two and a half centuries, it will have built a number of beloved traditions. Here is just a sampling.

Presidential Debates

Dartmouth is a frequent stop on the campaign trail, giving students the chance to experience New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary. For more than a quarter of a century, the College has hosted debates featuring key presidential candidates. This up-front-and-personal exposure to the election process has inspired many Dartmouth graduates to pursue prominent careers in government and journalism.

Dartmouth Night and Homecoming

During Dartmouth Night and Homecoming, alumni return to join students in an iconic celebration of the glories of autumn. Together, they march in the colorful annual parade and celebrate in the glow of a dramatic bonfire on the Green—a tradition that dates back to 1888.

Winter Carnival

The annual Winter Carnival began more than 100 years ago as a way to showcase Dartmouth’s celebrated winter athletes. Since 1924, 147 Dartmouth-affiliated athletes have competed in the winter Olympics—the most in the Ivy League. In the 2018 Winter Olympics, the College added a tenth silver medal to add to its 13 gold and six bronze medals. If Dartmouth were a country, its haul would place the College 21st in the all-time medal count, just behind Great Britain.

First-Year Trips

Dartmouth’s outdoor orientation program for incoming students is led and organized by returning students. First-years get to know Dartmouth, launch lifelong friendships, and begin unifying as a class while exploring the region’s remarkably beautiful 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, which is rich in recreational and research opportunities. This wealth of possibilities is supported by one of the nation’s finest outdoor infrastructures, including the newly renovated Moosilauke Lodge and its student crew, the Dartmouth Skiway, and Ledyard Canoe Club.

Dartmouth Powwow

For more than four decades, the Native community at Dartmouth has hosted the annual Dartmouth Powwow. Honoring Dartmouth’s long-standing mission of educating Native students, the event draws hundreds of competitors and participants from across the country who gather on the Green to welcome the spring and celebrate Native cultures and history.

https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/about/history-traditions

About Hanover, New Hampshire

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 the country’s best gelato. The Hanover Chamber of Commerce lists more than two dozen food and beverage options.

The region—traditional homelands of the Abenaki people—supports major teaching hospitals, 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 is an ideal playground.

https://admissions.dartmouth.edu/about/our-town-hanover-nh

Mission, Core Values and Legacy

OUR MISSION

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.

OUR LEGACY

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.

Dartmouth is committed to providing the best undergraduate liberal arts experience and to providing outstanding graduate programs in the Dartmouth Medical School (founded 1797), the Thayer School of Engineering (1867), the Tuck School of Business (1900), and the graduate programs in the Arts and Sciences. Together they constitute an exceptional and rich learning environment. Dartmouth faculty and student research contributes substantially to the expansion of human understanding.

The College provides a comprehensive out-of-classroom experience, including service opportunities, engagement in the arts, and competitive athletic, recreational, and outdoor programs. Pioneering programs in computation and international education are hallmarks of the College. Dartmouth graduates are marked by an understanding of the importance of teamwork, a capacity for leadership, and their keen enjoyment of a vibrant community. Their loyalty to Dartmouth and to each other is legendary and is a sustaining quality of the College.

https://www.dartmouth.edu/jameswright/archive/mission/index.html

 

 

Strategic Plan

In celebration of Dartmouth’s 250th anniversary, Dartmouth College has begun a comprehensive strategic master planning effort to chart a roadmap of the College’s vision over the next twenty years and beyond.

The strategic master plan is an important opportunity to ensure that the design of the campus continues to support the College’s mission and goals. Building on a legacy of thoughtful campus planning, this new master plan will provide a framework for sustainable development and preservation within the main campus, including buildings, landscape, open spaces, and infrastructure; local area real estate; the Moosilauke campus; and the Second College Grant.

Development of this plan presents a significant opportunity to ensure that the campus design and space provision continue to support evolving needs of Dartmouth College as a global institution.

To read about the strategic planning process:

https://www.dartmouth.edu/masterplan/

 

Leadership

Dr. Philip J. Hanlon – President

Philip J. Hanlon ’77 became Dartmouth’s 18th president 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, sports analytics, 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’s 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 of Technology (1981-1983) and was a Bantrell Fellow in Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (1983-1986). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE) and the Executive Committee of the National Academies’ 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.

Phil Hanlon is married to Gail Gentes. The couple has three children and one grandchild.

https://president.dartmouth.edu/about/people/philip-j-hanlon-77

 

Dr. David Kotz – Provost

David Kotz is the provost, the Pat and John Rosenwald Professor in the Department of Computer Science, and the director of emerging technologies and data analytics in the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, all at Dartmouth College. He previously served as associate dean of the faculty for the sciences and as the executive director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies. His research interests include security and privacy in smart homes, pervasive computing for healthcare, and wireless networks. He has published over 240 refereed papers, obtained $89 million in grant funding, and mentored nearly 100 research students. He is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, a 2008 Fulbright Fellow to India, a 2019 Visiting Professor at ETH Zürich, and an elected member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Kotz is a proud Dartmouth alumnus receiving his AB in Computer Science and Physics in 1986. Kotz received his PhD in Computer Science from Duke University in 1991.

https://provost.dartmouth.edu/about/who-we-are/about-provost

Academic Programs and Faculty

At Dartmouth, education happens not only within traditional academic departments but also at the intersections between them.

The Arts and Sciences consist of more than 40 academic departments and programs; top majors among 2020 graduates were economics, government, computer science, engineering sciences, and biology. The Arts and Sciences have 454 tenured and tenure-track faculty members and are among the leaders in the Ivy League in the percentage of tenured women.

As a sophomore at Dartmouth, students declare a major in an academic program that excites them intellectually. They can combine any of more than 60 majors with their pick of minors; fine-tune a major by adding studies from other departments and programs; or design a special major around their particular passion.

With Dartmouth’s distinctive year-round system, students customize their own academic calendar. Dartmouth offers four 10-week terms per year; within some guidelines, students choose which 12 terms to enroll. The result: the ability to take full advantage of all Dartmouth has to offer, no matter the season.

It is an unusual academic model. Scholars from health, literature, business, art, technology, music, economics, science, and government meet, collaborate, and collectively generate inventive ideas. No lines in the sand here; just an open-ended invitation for students to take their field—and themselves—to the furthest reaches of their imagination; spill over into other disciplines as need be; and enlist input from other subject experts who can further their quest. Dartmouth is as much an ethic, a spirit, a support system, and a process of forging fresh thought as it is a place for in-depth scholarship.

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The Student Body

The students accepted to the Class of 2025 come from a broad spectrum of society, with 48 percent of students identifying as Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC). Admitted students represent 51 different tribal nations and other Indigenous groups across North America. A record-high 17 percent of students are the first generation in their family to attend college.

The Tucker Center

The William Jewett Tucker Center builds relationships and understanding across identities, engages in dialogue on meaningful issues, promotes interfaith exchanges, and cultivates spiritual and ethical lives that will make a profound difference on campus and beyond.

Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL)

OPAL engages students in identity, community, and leadership development. It provides academic and sociocultural advising, designs and facilitates educational programs, and serves as advocates for all students and communities.

Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (IDE)

IDE provides resources and creates partnerships across Dartmouth that promote an accessible and inclusive working environment. IDE also hosts evocative films, speakers, and community-building programs.

Living Learning Communities

Dartmouth’s Living Learning Communities make residence hall living a microcosm of the Dartmouth experience. Each community integrates a specific theme into a world-class teaching and learning environment with a vibrant sense of community, all guided and supported through engagement with expert faculty and staff.

Native American Program (NAP)

The Native American Program provides student support services to Native undergraduate students through one-on-one advising sessions and collaborations with Dartmouth faculty, staff, and tribal communities across North America.

Dartmouth College, one of the original nine chartered colonial colleges of America, was founded in 1769 on traditional, unceded Abenaki land along the Connecticut River in New Hampshire. Its founder, The Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, was joined by The Rev. Samson Occom, an ordained minister of the Mohegan Tribe, to dedicate the new school to educating Native American students.

To build and sustain a new college in the wilderness, Rev. Wheelock made use of the uncompensated labor of his enslaved men and women of African descent. Later funding for the College came from private sources tied to profits from the Atlantic slave trade.

After the founding years, the initial vision to educate Native students gave way to an exclusive focus on young men of European descent. The first class of four white men graduated in 1771 to mark the beginning of Dartmouth’s distinction as the only colonial college to conduct its educational mission without interruption through the American Revolution to the present.

To the undergraduates’ numbers were added students of African descent, who were admitted continuously beginning in 1824, four decades before other Ivy League institutions followed suit. In 1972, the College began the transition to full coeducation. Two years earlier, Dartmouth had revived its founding commitment to Native American students. The Indigenous community is now a visible and valued presence on Dartmouth’s campus, with students from more than 70 tribal nations and communities. The legacy of Dartmouth’s mission has expanded to foster an inclusive and vibrant college community—with four thriving graduate and professional schools—that embrace principles of equity for all peoples of this diverse world.

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