Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, November 30, 2012

Provost Phil Hanlon to become 18th president of Dartmouth College

Phil Hanlon, university provost since 2010, Thursday was elected to be the 18th president of Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

  Phil Hanlon

“Provost Hanlon has served the Michigan community with distinction since joining our mathematics faculty in 1986,” President Mary Sue Coleman said in an email message to the university community. “As a teacher and Thurnau professor, his passion for undergraduate education is palpable.”

Coleman said that as provost, Hanlon, 57, has “steered the university through some of its most fiscally challenging years, all the while advancing our academic excellence and impact.”

Hanlon will take office at Dartmouth on July 1, 2013. He succeeds Jim Yong Kim, who was selected to serve as president of the World Bank in April.  Coleman said she would name an interim provost in the coming weeks.

She also made note in her message of the university’s rich heritage of producing university presidents. Hanlon will become the 43rd sitting university president with U-M ties.

“As a Dartmouth alumnus and now its next president, Phil Hanlon's vision, experience and deep integrity will elevate the institution's already exceptional standing in higher education. Please join me in congratulating him on this outstanding achievement.”

Announcing Hanlon's unanimous election by the Dartmouth trustees, Chair Steve Mandel said, “All of us are inspired by the exceptional qualities he will bring to the presidency as a world-class academic, an accomplished administrative leader, and a passionate scholar-teacher.”

Hanlon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth and was awarded a doctorate from the California Institute of Technology in 1981.