Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Trusty Trustee

Missed this earlier but an email alerted me to the fact that a prominent Dartmouth football alum has been named a trustee of the college.

Joining the ranks of Dartmouth trustees is Jeff Blackburn '91, once a 6-foot-3, 225-pound outside linebacker from Concord, Mass.  Find the story on Dartmouth Now.

Blackburn, who had 60 tackles and an interception as a senior, is today Vice President of Business Development at Amazon. Blackburn has been labeled one of Amazon's all-stars by Fortune Magazine (link) and is on the short list of potential successors to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (link).

Blackburn went on to earn his MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of business after graduating from Dartmouth.
One of Blackburn's teammates and classmates is also in the news.

The Boston Globe reports that former defensive tackle Mike O'Flynn '91, a product of Ipswich, Mass., was a featured speaker at the 30th Phelps Scholar-Athlete ceremony, honoring 14 accomplished student-athletes who were selected by Globe judges.

O'Flynn, now a managing partner at Choate Bridge Global Advisors, was one of the first scholar-athlete winners after the 1986-87 school year.
Jacob Kirkendall, video coordinator at Dartmouth in 2007, has been named associate director of football operations for the Tennessee Volunteers. (link) Kirkendall has been director of football operations at Eastern Michigan University since leaving Hanover.