With the announcement of President Wright’s retirement, it occured to me that Dartmouth was cycling through presidents pretty quickly. To check that assumption, I grabbed the years in office from Dartmouth’s page on past presidents and made a small chart:
The average length of tenure has been 15 years, which Dartmouth hasn’t achieved in a President since 1960, nor benefited from since 1970. Perhaps constitution for seeing the job through for the long-haul should be one of the criteria for selecting the next president. Reading through the biographies, it appears that Dartmouth does best with Dartmouth men who have had a career in business. Career administrators and members of the faculty don’t seem to last as long, at least in recent history.