Paul Danos, dean of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business for the past 16 years, can’t seem to get enough. The longest-serving B-school dean of any top-20 school has signed up for his fifth four-year term.
Jokes Danos: “I’m getting into the Guinness Book of Records, going on 16 plus four. Time flies.”
In an era when the average tenure of a B-school dean is less than five years, the 65-year-old Danos has astutely led Tuck not merely through a time of dramatic change at the school, but also through numerous market booms and busts, fads and trends, and serious criticism of the degree and the people who have it.
It is easy to underestimate the impact of an individual on an institution, particularly a dean whose impracticable job has accurately been described as one of “herding cats.” Yet over the past 16 years, Danos has welcomed to the school and ultimately sent into the world more than 40 percent of Tuck’s nearly 9,000 living alumni. He has recruited and hired roughly 85% of the school’s 50 professors. Danos also has raised more than $250 million to help foot the bill for, among other things, a 50% increase in the size of the faculty and vast improvements in the school’s facilities so that half of Tuck’s 11 connected buildings are either new or completely renovated.
PRESERVING TUCK’S CLOSE-KNIT CULTURE OF AFFECTION AND COLLABORATION
Yet, he also has been able to preserve and build upon Tuck’s unique close-knit culture of affection and collaboration...