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Board of Visitors Biannual Meeting

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors (BoV) convened in October for their two-day biannual meeting. The BoV is comprised of Dartmouth College alumni who serve as advisors to the Director of the Center. Drawing from a wide range of backgrounds, the members represent academia, business, law and non-profit organizations. This fall the Board welcomed two new members Mike Pyle ’00 and Ariel Stern ’05 and Tim Harrison ’78 as the new Chair.

The Board uses its time while back on campus to meet with faculty, staff, and students who collaborate with the Center and participate in courses and programming.  

Leah Daughtry ’84 Honored for Distinguished Public Service

Leah Daughtry ’84, community organizer, two-time chief executive of the Democratic National Convention committee, and pastor of the House of Lord Church in Washington, D.C., returned to Dartmouth to receive the Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award.

Presented by the board of visitors of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, the annual award was established 1990 to honor Nelson A. Rockefeller ’30 for his dedication to service in the public and private sectors.

Curt Welling ’71, Tuck ’77, chair of the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors, said Daughtry, in her work as a pastor, organizer, leader, and political strategist, has demonstrated a depth of commitment to the same ideals of public service, leadership, and civic engagement that marked Nelson Rockefeller’s career. Welling presented the honor to Daughtry at a dinner hosted by the Rockefeller Center on April 28.

Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors' Spring Meeting

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors (BoV) convened in April for their biannual meeting. Visitors, who serve as advisors to the Director of the Center, are all Dartmouth alumni and represent academia, business, non-profit organizations, and the law.

Each year, at the conclusion of their first day of meetings, Visitors attend a reception held in Hinman Forum where they meet and talk with students involved with the Center.

The Reverend Leah Daughtry ’84, 2017 recipient of the Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award spoke on “Building the Bench: Educating and Training the Next Generation of Political Leaders” at a dinner hosted by the Rockefeller Center to honor Visitors, their guests, and the many campus partners that collaborate with the Center throughout the year.

The Board also heard from Sarah Han ’17, Priya Ramaiah ’17, Kevin Zhang ’17, and Alexa Sonnenfeld ’17 about their experience with the PBPL 85: Practicum in Global Policy Leadership course, which conducted an evaluation of civil society in Ukraine during the Fall term and then traveled there with Professor Ronald Shaiko for two weeks in December.

Daughtry ’84 Named Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences has announced the Reverend Leah D. Daughtry ’84 as the 2016-2017 recipient of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award.

This award was established by the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors in 1990 to honor Nelson A. Rockefeller ’30 for his dedication to service in the public and private sectors. Recipients of the award have demonstrated a similar commitment to these shared ideals of public service, leadership, and civic engagement.

Daughtry is a nationally recognized teacher, preacher, speaker, organizer, leader, and political strategist. Throughout her career, she has sought to bring sound, principled leadership, business, and management practices to organizations that seek to enhance and improve the lives of the people with and for whom they work.

Daughtry will receive the award in Hanover during the Board of Visitor’s biannual spring meeting in April.

Increasing Students' Intercultural Leadership Competencies

The Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) was first piloted in the 2012 spring term to develop the leadership competencies of students during intercultural experiences, both academic and professional, while at Dartmouth and beyond. RGLP begins each term on campus with weekly sessions. There is a culminating fieldwork excursion during its seventh week that helps students experience cultural diversity firsthand.

During the 2016 Winter term, 24 RGLP participants, along with the Center’s Deputy Director Sadhana Hall and Program Officer Vincent Mack, traveled to New York City for the off-campus portion of the program, organized in large part with the hands-on involvement of two Center Board of Visitors, Robert Tichio ’99 and Maya Wiley ’86, who work in the city.

“We have a unique opportunity to engage this generation of up-and-coming leaders to make a difference in the communities where they work and serve,” said Robert Tichio, Partner and Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings, who moderated a panel discussion of three fellow alumni on “Diversity in the Public and Private Workplace: Advancing Understandings of Race, Gender and LGBT Identities.”

Board of Visitors' Fall Meeting

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors (BoV) convened this month for their biannual meeting. The BoV is comprised of Dartmouth College alumni who serve as advisors to the Director of the Center. Drawing from a wide range of backgrounds, the members represent academia, business, non-profit organizations, and the law.

In addition to their regular agenda items, and time spent meeting with faculty and staff, Visitors had the opportunity to hear in more detail about two projects the Center has been piloting in collaboration with the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

The McSpadden Legacy at Rocky

The letters have been arriving at the end of each term for close to five decades now. The stories are individual, but the sentiment is always the same. One of thanks. One of transformation.

Dear Mr. McSpadden, I am so grateful that I was able to spend the summer learning and furthering my future career at a place with so many inspirational people doing important work... ~Ryan Shelley ’15

Dear Mr. McSpadden, This summer, thanks to your support, my knowledge of policy structure, purpose and development has been greatly boosted through my internship experience… ~Bridget Golob ’14.

Dear Mr. McSpadden, I am writing to thank you for your generosity in funding my internship. By doing so, you have taken an active role in helping me take advantage of this truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity… ~Ben Gettinger ’11.

Dear Mr. McSpadden, Thank you for making possible an internship opportunity that not only furthered my academic goals and career aspirations, but was also incredibly intellectually stimulating… ~Natalie Young’10.

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors' Spring Meeting

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors (BoV) convened this month for their biannual meeting. The BoV is comprised of Dartmouth College alumni who serve as advisors to the Director of the Center. Drawing from a wide range of backgrounds, the members represent academia, business, non-profit organizations, and the law.

The Board uses its time while back on campus to gain further insight on current events, such as the new house system, and to meet with faculty and staff members who collaborate on a daily basis with the Center.

Trustee Mort Kondracke '60 discusses Jack Kemp

With the presidential election coming up rapidly, politics has once again risen to the forefront of our thoughts. Especially as primaries and caucuses for party nominations go on, the media and the public alike are debating likely nominees and general election scenarios. One reason for this even more intense than usual scrutiny, perhaps, is the great divergence in the ideologies of the candidates running this time. From Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, the candidates run the whole gamut of political ideologies, and it seems that they are focusing on differentiating themselves from the other party more than ever. This extreme polarization of the candidates and the general populace supporting them is concerning to many.

On March 2, 2016, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center welcomed Dartmouth alum Morton Kondracke ’60 to discuss Jack Kemp and how his ideology may help turn the country away from such extremism. His remarks in particular focused on specific policies Jack Kemp suggested, and how those may help America revive growth, family prosperity and national morale.

RLF Recap: "Effective Delegation and Empowerment in Leadership" with Alison Fragale '97

The Rockefeller Leadership Fellows recently had the chance to learn from Alison Fragale ’97 about effective delegation and empowerment in leadership. After graduating from Dartmouth, Dr. Fragale went on to work at McKinsey & Company for two years before pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She is now a professor of Organizational Behavior and Strategy at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Dr. Fragale teaches courses on leadership and management to undergraduates, MBAs and executives, and she researches the consequences and formation of interpersonal hierarchies in groups and organizations. Dr. Fragale also currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College. 

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