Letter to the Tuck Community

Dean Paul Danos will not seek reappointment at the end of his fifth term in June 2015.

After 20 transformative years, Tuck’s longest serving dean will not seek reappointment at the end of his fifth term in June 2015.

To the Tuck Community:

On June 30, 2015, I will have completed my 20th year as dean of Tuck. I am writing to say that I will not seek reappointment for a sixth term. I am making this announcement now to give Dartmouth President Hanlon and his team ample time to lead a search for the next dean of our superb institution.

Tuck is one of the finest business schools in the world, and it has been both an honor and privilege to serve as its dean. The world has changed considerably since my wife Mary Ellen and I first arrived here in 1995, and Tuck has changed with it. We expanded our global reach by increasing the size, quality, and diversity of our faculty and student body. We enhanced our beautiful residential campus with new living and learning spaces that are the envy of the world. And we strengthened the MBA program—the heart of all that we do here—with curricular changes that enriched student offerings, increased student-faculty access, and expanded global learning opportunities.

Today, Tuck is as vibrant and diverse as the world into which we send our students, with nine centers and initiatives enriching intellectual life and closely-related offerings such as the Master of Health Care Delivery Science and the Business Bridge Program extending the reach and impact of our leading faculty. Most importantly, the MBA program at Tuck has never been stronger, with student quality indicators, employment levels, and compensation rates for our graduates among the highest in the world.

I believe one of the keys to Tuck’s success has been our ability to maintain the spirit of putting the student learning experience first. Everything we do reinforces our main mission of providing the best leadership education in the world for each of our students. It is why we have stayed relatively small scale and why we want our students to have unprecedented access to a faculty of thought leaders. It is why we have expanded and improved our living and learning facilities. And it is why all of our faculty actually teach in the MBA program and are so devoted to their students.

I realize that none of this would have been possible without the contributions of our entire community—our skilled and caring faculty, our outstanding students, our committed staff, and our loyal and dedicated alumni. Your support and encouragement over the last two decades have been vital to Tuck’s continued success and have meant the world to me.

I am looking forward to my final year as dean and to assisting Tuck with its mission of providing students with the best possible preparation for business leadership. I am excited to get back into classroom teaching, and to continue my writing and board work and participating in the greater Dartmouth community. I especially look forward to having more time for family and personal pursuits.

Tuck is a great school with a virtuous circle of caring people who will ensure that its future will be as bright as its past. I want to thank each of you for sharing your talents with me as, together, we have led this gem of an institution.


Paul Danos
Tuck School of Business