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George “Skip” Battle '66 Awarded Doctor of Humane Letters

At the 2016 Dartmouth College Commencement and the 50th Reunion of the Great Class of 1966, classmate Skip Battle was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

June 12, 2016 by Office of Communications


(Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

GEORGE “SKIP” BATTLE, as a leader in the world of business, you have distinguished yourself with a keen understanding of emerging trends and an equally acute sense of how to deploy this knowledge for the greatest benefit.

Preparation for your career in management consulting began when you studied economics at Dartmouth as a member of the great Class of 1966. You charted a meteoric course at Arthur Anderson, culminating in your role as worldwide managing partner for Accenture, one of the world’s largest management consulting firms. As the century turned, you brought your considerable experience to a fledgling tech economy, where you guided startup companies such as Expedia, Netflix, and LinkedIn. The list of your achievements in this sector could serve as a directory for the modern digital era. Currently, as a senior fellow at The Aspen Institute, you have advanced your influence by mentoring global leaders on how to put world-changing ideas into action.

Here at Dartmouth, you direct your energies to caring for some of the College’s most beloved places and pursuits. Among them the rugby club’s playing field, which bears your name; our beloved Moosilauke Ravine Lodge; and increased opportunities for the study of ethics—just three examples of your diverse legacy.

For the breadth and depth of your business acumen, for your skill as a leader of leaders, and for the years of faithful service devoted to your grateful alma mater, Dartmouth is proud to present you the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

President Philip J. Hanlon
Dartmouth College