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Unemployment 101 For A B School Dean

Unemployment 101 For A B School Dean

Yet another business school dean has lost his job. To the surprise of faculty and students, Edward Fox was denied a second four-year term as dean of Dartmouth College's Amos Tuck School.

Dartmouth President James Freedman's decision not to reappoint Fox, announced only on campus, makes it the 59th B-school without a dean. Fox's ouster came after a review in which faculty, students, alumni, and others were asked to write letters commenting on his performance. Freedman, unavailable for comment, did not disclose the review's findings in a meeting with Fox. "Who knows what was in the letters?" says Fox, former head of the Student Loan Marketing Assn. (Sallie Mae).

Fox, 57, led a $27 million capital campaign, added executive education programs, and further diversified faculty and students. Insiders say he was a victim of internal politics. He alienated some senior faculty who criticized his bids to recruit more aggressive, research-based professors and to create an international studies center. Critics believed the center would be what one called "a fiefdom of power." Fox, who leaves in August, says: "Not everyone agrees with everything you want to do."