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Dartmouth College Chooses New CFO

Richard G. Mills

Richard G. Mills

Hanover — A Harvard Medical School administrator has been hired as the new chief financial officer at Dartmouth College.

Richard G. Mills, executive dean for administration at Harvard Medical School, will start his new role in mid-August in the college’s third-highest-ranked administrative position. He will report directly to President Philip Hanlon, who assumed the presidency last month.

“Rick is an outstanding professional with the proven ability to exercise independent judgment and lead teams within complex environments,” Hanlon said in a news release Tuesday. “I will rely on his insightful analysis and experienced counsel as Dartmouth strengthens its position as a leader during a time of great change in higher education.”

The past three years, Mills had administrative and financial responsibility for the operation of Harvard Medical School, an institution with a $625 million annual operating budget and $55 million in annual capital spending.

Mills will work closely with Hanlon and the provost to formulate Dartmouth’s annual operating budget, currently more than $950 million. He also will work with deans, executive officers, faculty and trustees to ensure that the institution fulfills its legal and financial obligations. He will have specific oversight of human resources, finance, facilities and operations, internal audit and information technology.

Before joining Harvard in 2005, Mills worked as a litigation attorney, a principal in strategic consulting and as a senior staff counsel for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. He currently lives in Arlington, Mass., with his wife Gretchen May and their two daughters, Emily and Natalie, both of whom are in college.

“I am excited and honored that President Hanlon invited me to join his leadership team,” Mills said in the news release. “I was initially attracted by the opportunity to further advance the academic mission of a superb undergraduate college, three premier professional schools, and leading graduate programs. When I later met Phil and so many members of the remarkable community, I also realized what a true privilege it would be to join the Dartmouth family. I am looking forward to meeting more students, faculty and staff in the coming months and learning what it means to bleed green!”

— Staff report