Philip J. Hanlon

Philip J. Hanlon (born April 10, 1955) is an American mathematician, computer scientist, and educator who serves as the 18th President of his alma mater, Dartmouth College, his tenure beginning on June 10, 2013.[1]

Philip J. Hanlon
18th President of Dartmouth College
Assumed office
June 10, 2013
Preceded byJim Yong Kim
Personal details
Born (1955-04-10) April 10, 1955
Gouverneur, New York, U.S.
Alma materDartmouth College
California Institute of Technology
Professionmathematician, computer scientist, and educator
InstitutionsDartmouth College
University of Michigan

Early life

Hanlon was born and raised in Gouverneur, New York.[2] He attended Dartmouth College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in 1977. While an undergraduate, he was a member of Alpha Delta,[3] the fraternity that was a partial inspiration for the 1978 film Animal House. He earned a doctorate at the California Institute of Technology in 1981.


After completing his postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hanlon joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1986. He moved from associate professor to full professor in 1990. He was the Donald J. Lewis Professor of Mathematics. He was the associate dean for planning and finance for the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts from 2001 to 2004 and the vice provost from 2004 to 2010. In 2010, he was appointed as the provost of the University of Michigan. In June 2013 he became the 18th president of Dartmouth College.

He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics and the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics.[1]


  • Guggenheim Fellowship
  • Sloan Fellowship
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Personal life

Hanlon is married to Gail Gentes. They have three children.

See also


  1. "Philip Hanlon". Dartmouth College. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  2. Ellen, Martha (November 30, 2012), "Gouverneur native named president of Dartmouth", Watertown Daily Times.
  3. Ellis, Lindsay (January 9, 2013), "Hanlon '77 to become president on July 1", The Dartmouth

Philip J. Hanlon at the Mathematics Genealogy Project

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