A timeline of Phil Hanlon’s presidency

Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon speaks to protesters in his office in Hanover, N.H., on April 1, 2014. More than 30 students occupied the office, demanding a more detailed response on a student proposal to

Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon speaks to protesters in his office in Hanover, N.H., on April 1, 2014. More than 30 students occupied the office, demanding a more detailed response on a student proposal to "eradicate systems of oppression" on campus. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com Jennifer Hauck

Brian Hayes of Boston, Mass., spends some time in the Hood Auditorium in Hanover, N.H., on his laptop as the audience is seated for the April 30, 2014, premiere screening of “The Birth of BASIC,” a film by Bob Drake and Mike Murray about the creation of BASIC computer language at Dartmouth College. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com

Brian Hayes of Boston, Mass., spends some time in the Hood Auditorium in Hanover, N.H., on his laptop as the audience is seated for the April 30, 2014, premiere screening of “The Birth of BASIC,” a film by Bob Drake and Mike Murray about the creation of BASIC computer language at Dartmouth College. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com James M. Patterson

Ruth Vogele, of Chicago, holds a newspaper reporting on the killing of nine people in a Charleston, S.C., church during a vigil on the Hanover Green Friday, June 19, 2015. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com

Ruth Vogele, of Chicago, holds a newspaper reporting on the killing of nine people in a Charleston, S.C., church during a vigil on the Hanover Green Friday, June 19, 2015. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com James M. Patterson

Dartmouth senior Sawyer Whalen carries the team flag as the Big Green runs onto the field in their home opener against Sacred Heart in Hanover, N.H., on Sept. 26, 2015. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>
Dartmouth senior Sawyer Whalen carries the team flag as the Big Green runs onto the field on Saturday. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Dartmouth senior Sawyer Whalen carries the team flag as the Big Green runs onto the field in their home opener against Sacred Heart in Hanover, N.H., on Sept. 26, 2015. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

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Dartmouth senior Sawyer Whalen carries the team flag as the Big Green runs onto the field on Saturday. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

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Paul Groce, of Lebanon, a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign, answers a question posed during a candidates forum hosted by Dartmouth's Afro-American Society Cutter-Shabazz Hall in Hanover, N.H. as Dartmouth sophomore Angela Wang, right, a volunteer for the Hillary Clinton campaign, listens Monday, January 25, 2016.  
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Lebanon resident Paul Groce, a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign, answers a question posed during a candidates forum on Monday hosted by Dartmouth College’s Afro-American Society in Dartmouth’s Cutter-Shabazz Hall. Dartmouth College sophomore Angela Wang, right, a volunteer for the Hillary Clinton campaign, listens.

Paul Groce, of Lebanon, a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign, answers a question posed during a candidates forum hosted by Dartmouth's Afro-American Society Cutter-Shabazz Hall in Hanover, N.H. as Dartmouth sophomore Angela Wang, right, a volunteer for the Hillary Clinton campaign, listens Monday, January 25, 2016. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

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½ Lebanon resident Paul Groce, a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign, answers a question posed during a candidates forum on Monday hosted by Dartmouth College’s Afro-American Society in Dartmouth’s Cutter-Shabazz Hall. Dartmouth College sophomore Angela Wang, right, a volunteer for the Hillary Clinton campaign, listens.

Biology professor Lee Witters, center, compares Dartmouth's sexual assault and drinking problems to symptoms of a schoolwide cancer during a question and answer session following remarks by President Phil Hanlon, left, at the Hanover Inn in Hanover, N.H., on Nov. 18, 2013. Charlotte Johnson, dean of the college, right, also spoke at the meeting. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com

Biology professor Lee Witters, center, compares Dartmouth's sexual assault and drinking problems to symptoms of a schoolwide cancer during a question and answer session following remarks by President Phil Hanlon, left, at the Hanover Inn in Hanover, N.H., on Nov. 18, 2013. Charlotte Johnson, dean of the college, right, also spoke at the meeting. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com Elijah Nouvelage—

Dartmouth sophomore Ashley Dotson, of Miami, Fla., welcomes Susan Simon, of Hanover, right, to the Hopkins Center season launch party in Alumni Hall in Hanover, N.H. Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Dartmouth sophomore Ashley Dotson, of Miami, Fla., welcomes Susan Simon, of Hanover, right, to the Hopkins Center season launch party in Alumni Hall in Hanover, N.H. Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

After being asked how they came into possession of the Stanley Cup by Jack Smyrski, of Lebanon, middle, and his father John, right, Pittsburgh Penguin defender Ben Lovejoy, left, joked that he is just a huge hockey fan, causing Wayne Burwell, second from right, to erupt in laughter in Hanover, N.H. Monday, August 1, 2016. Lovejoy trains at Burwell's gym in Lebanon in the off season. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

After being asked how they came into possession of the Stanley Cup by Jack Smyrski, of Lebanon, middle, and his father John, right, Pittsburgh Penguin defender Ben Lovejoy, left, joked that he is just a huge hockey fan, causing Wayne Burwell, second from right, to erupt in laughter in Hanover, N.H. Monday, August 1, 2016. Lovejoy trains at Burwell's gym in Lebanon in the off season. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

Surrounded by counter-protesters from area veterans groups and campus security officers, Dartmouth College junior Tim Messen speaks out about the Trump Administration and  Messen's right to burn a flag during a protest on the campus green in Hanover, N.H., on January 20, 2017. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Surrounded by counter-protesters from area veterans groups and campus security officers, Dartmouth College junior Tim Messen speaks out about the Trump Administration and Messen's right to burn a flag during a protest on the campus green in Hanover, N.H., on January 20, 2017. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Geoff Hansen

Dartmouth College sophomores Talia Pikounis, left, and Mary Sophia Reich say goodbye before Reich boards a bus in Hanover, N.H., on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Pikounis was supposed to do her spring semester abroad in Paris, she will now be going home to Philadelphia. Reich was on her way home in Nashville for spring break. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Dartmouth College sophomores Talia Pikounis, left, and Mary Sophia Reich say goodbye before Reich boards a bus in Hanover, N.H., on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Pikounis was supposed to do her spring semester abroad in Paris, she will now be going home to Philadelphia. Reich was on her way home in Nashville for spring break. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Jennifer Hauck

Dartmouth freshmen Veronica Yarovinsky, of Woodbridge, Conn., center left, and Elizabeth Ding, of Saratoga, Calif., center right, join in a candlelight vigil Dartmouth College on the green in Hanover, N.H., on Tuesday, May 25, to remember three students who died unexpectedly, and a fourth who died of a non-COVID medical reason this academic year. Speakers at the event also acknowledged the one year anniversary of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police officers. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Dartmouth freshmen Veronica Yarovinsky, of Woodbridge, Conn., center left, and Elizabeth Ding, of Saratoga, Calif., center right, join in a candlelight vigil Dartmouth College on the green in Hanover, N.H., on Tuesday, May 25, to remember three students who died unexpectedly, and a fourth who died of a non-COVID medical reason this academic year. Speakers at the event also acknowledged the one year anniversary of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police officers. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

Lauren Kwan, a '14 from Danville, Calif., laughs as she pulls on Dena's halter to move her to a different part of the Dartmouth Green in Hanover,  N.H., on April 24, 2014. Kwan, a walk-trot rider for the Dartmouth Equestrian Team, was at the Dartmouth Green along with several other team members and two horses, promoting the team and celebrating their traveling to the Intercollegiate Horse Show National competition in Harrisburgh, Pa. (Valley News- Sarah Priestap) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com

Lauren Kwan, a '14 from Danville, Calif., laughs as she pulls on Dena's halter to move her to a different part of the Dartmouth Green in Hanover, N.H., on April 24, 2014. Kwan, a walk-trot rider for the Dartmouth Equestrian Team, was at the Dartmouth Green along with several other team members and two horses, promoting the team and celebrating their traveling to the Intercollegiate Horse Show National competition in Harrisburgh, Pa. (Valley News- Sarah Priestap) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com Sarah Priestap—Valley News - Sarah Priestap

Students Chase Gilmore, of Boston, Mass., Ryan Strain, of Princeton, N.J., and Christina Gill, from Portland, Ore., hang out in front of Fayerweather Hall after moving out for the term at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., on June 4, 2014. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com

Students Chase Gilmore, of Boston, Mass., Ryan Strain, of Princeton, N.J., and Christina Gill, from Portland, Ore., hang out in front of Fayerweather Hall after moving out for the term at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., on June 4, 2014. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com Sarah Priestap—Valley News - Sarah Priestap

Engelberth crew members Matt Barry, of Quechee, Vt., left, and Russell Tinkham, of Groton, Vt., walk past the western stands at Memorial Field at Dartmouth as crews dismantle them during renovation work in Hanover, N.H., on Dec. 8, 2014. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com

Engelberth crew members Matt Barry, of Quechee, Vt., left, and Russell Tinkham, of Groton, Vt., walk past the western stands at Memorial Field at Dartmouth as crews dismantle them during renovation work in Hanover, N.H., on Dec. 8, 2014. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com Ariana van den Akker—Valley News - Ariana van den...

Published: 06-12-2023 10:01 AM

2012

November: Dartmouth’s board of trustees names Philip J. Hanlon the college’s 18th president.

2013

July: Hanlon takes over from interim President Carol Folt. 

November: He delivers his first “State of the College” address, laying out what he plans to do as president. He emphasizes experiential learning, scholarship focused on real-world applications and global ambition.

2015

January: Moving Dartmouth Forward, the program resulting from the presidential summit, is announced. It includes a ban on hard alcohol on campus, and includes multiple measures designed to crack down on binge drinking and sexual assault.

November: Around 250 protesters march through Dartmouth’s Baker-Berry Library as part of a Black Lives Matter protest.

2016

September: Dartmouth announces the establishment of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society.

Dartmouth also inaugurates its new system of undergraduate houses in its ongoing effort to restructure residential life.

2017

October: Dartmouth places three tenured professors in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences on paid leave and bans them from campus amid an investigation into sexual misconduct.

2018

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April: Dartmouth kicks off the public phase of “The Call to Lead,” a $3 billion capital campaign. At the same time, Dartmouth announces Frank J. Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, the first new graduate school at Dartmouth in a century.

June-July: Two of the three professors resign and the third retires after an internal report recommends revoking their tenure and firing them. 

November: Seven women file a $70 million lawsuit against the college, accusing it of ignoring the professors’ behavior for 16 years. Two additional named plaintiffs would later join the class-action lawsuit, which eventually would represent 65 women.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court rules for Dartmouth, giving it the green light to build an indoor practice facility that Hanover neighbors opposed.

WISE opens office on Dartmouth campus.

2019

Dartmouth admitted to the Association of American Universities, a consortium of 65 of America’s leading public and private research universities, including the other seven members of the Ivy League.

2020

March: Novel coronavirus pandemic shuts down Dartmouth’s campus.

July: Judge accepts $14 million settlement of sexual misconduct lawsuit. In addition to the monetary damages, the settlement requires Dartmouth to hire more diverse faculty and to expand the college’s partnership with WISE.

2021

July: Dartmouth releases new strategic master plan that envisions the college’s footprint extending from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the south to the organic farm north of campus.

December: Irving Institute opens

2022

January: Hanlon announces that he plans to step down in July 2023.

March: The Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center is completed, adding 160,000 square feet of new research, classroom and office space to the campus’ west end.