Dartmouth Names Michigan Provost as Its President

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Philip J. Hanlon, the provost of the University of Michigan, will be the next president of Dartmouth College, starting in July.

Dr. Hanlon, 57, a mathematician whose work focuses on probability and combinatorics, will take office on July 1, succeeding Jim Yong Kim, who resigned in April to become the president of the World Bank. The interim president, Carol L. Folt, will resume her role as provost when Dr. Hanlon arrives.

“I’m thrilled to be the 18th president of Dartmouth,” said Dr. Hanlon, who graduated from Dartmouth in 1977. “I’m particularly excited to be leading Dartmouth in a period when I believe higher education is going to change in important ways.”

Information technology, he said, has already “significantly changed everything about the way we live our lives,” and he said he expected that it would be increasingly used to take “moments of passive engagement” — like listening to lectures — and “flip” them, so students spend that time on their own, and reserve class time for interacting with the professor and classmates.

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