Dean of Tuck School Takes the Long View, October 9, 2007, Wall Street Journal.
In His Fourth Term, Danos Puts Focus On Small Seminars.
The turnover rate for deans has been accelerating at many business schools, but Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, is clearly in no hurry to replace Paul Danos, the dean of its Tuck School of Business, the oldest graduate business school. This year, Dartmouth reappointed the 65-year-old Dr. Danos to a fourth four-year term, which will make him one of the longest-serving business-school deans. Ron Alsop interviewed him recently about his plans for Tuck, the value of faculty research, and the changing world of B-school deans. (free subscription paragraph)
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WSJ: What are your primary goals during your fourth term?
Dr. Danos: I am staying to see..
WSJ: How many additional professors will you need for the smaller classes and seminars?
WSJ: There has been much criticism of business schools for focusing on research with little direct relevance to the business world. Do you believe that's a fair complaint?
WSJ: From your perspective, how has the dean's job changed through the years?
WSJ: Many deans have told me they tire of all the fund-raising pressure. Has fund raising been a growing part of your job, and does it distract you from academic matters?
WSJ: More schools seem to be hiring business executives as deans these days. Do they face different challenges than academics like yourself?
WSJ: Would you consider staying for a fifth term, surpassing the 18-year tenure of one of your predecessors at Tuck? Or have you thought about retirement and life after Tuck?
The article finishes with:
"Many of these converstaions can be accessed at www.deanstalk.net, an international dean's blog."