Gouverneur native named president of Ivy League's Dartmouth College
Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 5:40 pm

HANOVER, N.H. – Gouverneur native Philip J. Hanlon has been name the 18th president of Ivy League institution Dartmouth College.

Hanlon, 57, a 1977 Dartmouth graduate, is now provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, where he is also the Donald J. Lewis Professor of Mathematics.

Hanlon will take office on July 1, succeeding Jim Yong Kim, who was selected as president of the World Bank in April this year.

On January 11, Dartmouth will hold a welcome celebration on campus for Hanlon.

Dartmouth Board of 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, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and was awarded a doctorate from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1981. A University of Michigan faculty member since 1986, he has held administrative leadership positions for more than a decade. Appointed provost in 2010, he is the chief academic officer and chief budgetary officer at Michigan and is responsible for sustaining its academic excellence in teaching, research, and creative endeavors.

“I am humbled and thrilled to be asked to be the president of Dartmouth, the place where I grew up and forged lifelong friendships and bonds,” Hanlon said. “Dartmouth revealed to me the power that derives from the life of the mind. It gave me the confidence to pursue my academic dreams, along with the unshakeable conviction that there is no firmer foundation for success than a broad liberal arts education.”

Hanlon will be 18th Dartmouth president since Eleazar Wheelock founded Dartmouth in 1769.

Hanlon was born and raised in Gouverneur. His wife, Gail Gentes, is the director of research and faculty support at the Ross School of Business within the University of Michigan and earned her MBA from Boston University after graduating from Wells College. They have three children, all in their 20s.