Thursday, March 13, 2008

NRO Praises Wright

Here:
James Wright, president of Dartmouth College and a former Marine, has helped set up counseling services at military hospitals for wounded veterans, as reported in the Christian Science Monitor. The services are meant to facilitate entry into college for the vets, particularly when they are unable to return to their former work.

Wright was "simultaneously troubled and inspired" by the sacrifices of our men during the Battle of Fallujah in November 2004. He began to visit military hospitals, where the soldiers would ask him for advice. This prompted him to work with the American Council on Education to raise money. Now services are operative at several military hospitals and have helped over 100 former servicemen to go to college or take courses.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Middlebury's quidditch team is coming to Dartmouth on the 29th.

Anonymous said...

pathetic...

Anonymous said...

Wright is doing good work on this issue. Maybe he should devote himself full time to it right away.

If he moved from Hanover to Washington, the average IQ in both places would rise.

Anonymous said...

What's with the weird Wright fixation? Did the guy cut you off in traffic or something?

Anonymous said...

I guess that I believe that a President/CEO has a major role in the institution that he/she leads. Don't you?

The present Board-packing mess is entirely the fault of Wright. The Board, largley chosen by Wright, and doing business with the College in managing endowment money, does his bidding.

Anonymous said...

The "mess" (i.e. the lawsuit) is entirely the fault of the alumni association.

None of the board is chosen by Wright. Most of the members were elected by the board itself. Those members were nominated by alumni, either alumni on a board committee or alumni voting generally.

Your reference to "endowment money" is unclear.

The board, all 17 members of it, including 4 "independent" petition trustees, does not do Wright's bidding. He was appointed by the board and serves at its pleasure. He does its bidding. Don't forget, you're supposed to say that Wright was "forced out" by the board over some kind of poor prediction somebody supposedly made regarding the law suit.

Now that he's already announced his retirement, I don't think anybody needs to hear your puerile encouragement of his departure. He's going. You got what you asked for. Now why not act like a grown-up and suggest a replacement?

Anonymous said...

The board-packing action created the mess, not the alumni lawsuit. The mess is the confusion regarding the relationship between the trustees and alumni. The lawsuit is one way (according to some the road of last resort) to resolve the mess.

It is a bit unusual that Wright takes his direction from the Board, but is a member of the small Board committee that formally recommends new appointees.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and your refusal to get out of the way of somebody's swinging fists is the reason you got hit...

The board's decision to let its committee to nominate the new trustees is legitimate and proper. It is even mundane. The controversy and the lawsuit are entirely the creation of alumni. Not all alumni, just some vocal ones.

Anonymous said...

"your refusal to get out of the way of somebody's swinging fists is the reason you got hit..."

Proof that might makes Wright.