Philip J. Hanlon, Ph.D.
Philip J. Hanlon, Ph.D. ’77 became the 18th president of Dartmouth College on June 10, 2013. He is the 10th Dartmouth alumnus to serve as its president.
As president, Hanlon has championed academic excellence and encouraged innovation in scholarship and teaching. He has launched initiatives to build interdisciplinary strength around global challenges, expanded opportunities for experiential learning, and initiated new seed funding programs to support cutting-edge research and creative endeavors. He established the DEN Innovation and New Venture Incubator and created the Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary community of scholars committed to the integration of research and teaching. He is leading the expansion of the Thayer School of Engineering. Committed to reining in the costs of higher education, Hanlon has maintained fiscal rigor, establishing an annual institution-wide reallocation process, while holding tuition increases to the lowest levels since the 1970s. At the same time, he has overseen record levels of giving.
A mathematician, Hanlon’s research is focused on probability and combinatorics, the study of finite structures and their significance as they relate to bioinformatics, computer science, and other fields. A dedicated teacher-scholar, President Hanlon is also a member of the faculty and teaches first-year calculus at Dartmouth.
Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Hanlon served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, where he was also the Donald J. Lewis Professor of Mathematics. Hanlon was a member of the Michigan faculty for over 20 years and held a variety of administrative posts during his tenure. He began his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981-1983) and was a Bantrell fellow in Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (1983-1986). Hanlon is a member of the National Security Agency Advisory Board, and the editorial boards of the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics and the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics.
Hanlon has earned numerous honors and awards for his mathematical research, including a Sloan Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Henry Russel Award, and the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and held an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, the University of Michigan’s highest recognition of faculty whose commitment to undergraduate teaching has had a demonstrable impact on the intellectual development and lives of their students.
Hanlon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth, from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and earned his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1981.
Hanlon is married to Gail Gentes. The couple has three children.