Throughout my tenure as president, attracting the world's best talent was a central component of Dartmouth's drive toward academic excellence.

Focused faculty hiring initiatives, support for the middle academic generation, and success in undergraduate admissions fueled, in part, by historic levels of investment in student financial aid enabled Dartmouth to mobilize its full intellectual resources around urgent world issues, as new centers and institutes helped amplify its global impact.

Following a significant and impressive rise in research expenditures (up 61 percent from FY2013 to FY2020 to $326.3 million) and widespread recognition of Dartmouth faculty's research, Dartmouth was re-classified as an R1 institution by the Carnegie Foundation, designated as having "very high research activity," and, in 2019, was invited to join the prestigious Association of American Universities, a distinguished group of leading U.S. research universities.