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John W. Hennessey

Trustee Emeritus

Hanover, N.H.  (VLS Trustee since 1999)

John W. Hennessey, Jr. was a member of the Dartmouth College faculty from 1957 to 1987, principally in the Tuck School of Business Administration, where he served as associate dean, dean, and as Charles Henry Jones Professor of Management. He also held one of five Third Century Professorships, established at Dartmouth's bicentennial with a broad mandate for interdisciplinary work. Among his other activities at Dartmouth was co-founding the Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics.

In the wider educational community, Dr. Hennessey was chair of the board of trustees of the Educational Testing Service; president of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business; and founding chairman of the Council for Opportunity in Graduate Management Education (COGME). He served as a trustee of the University of Vermont; UVM's first provost; and interim president. He served on the board of directors of such business corporations as H. P. Hood, Inc.; Zayre Corporation (now TJX Companies, Inc.); and the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Dr. Hennessey's civic contributions include service as a trustee and chairman of the boards of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, NH) and Kendal at Hanover (NH); service on the board of overseers of Dartmouth Medical School; and as a trustee of the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont (Burlington).

Dr. Hennessey served as an Army officer in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received his AB, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1948; his MBA, with distinction, from Harvard University in 1950; and his PhD from the University of Washington, where he rose to the rank of associate professor.