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Dartmouth College. Board of Trustees

 

The Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College was created as "one body corporate and politick" by the charter of Dartmouth College, 13 December 1769, comprising twelve members, including the President of the College and the Governor of New Hampshire as ex officio members. The Board first met in Keene, New Hampshire, 22 October 1770, and consisted of Sir John Wentworth, Gov. of New Hampshire, the Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, President of Dartmouth College, Theodore Atkinson, George Jaffrey, Daniel Pierce, Peter Gilman, William Pitkin, Benjamin Pomeroy, James Lockwood, Timothy Pitkin, John Smalley, and William Patten.

Dartmouth’s Board of Trustee is responsible for oversight of the financial, administrative, and academic affairs of the College, including the appointment and evaluation of the President, long-range strategic planning, maintaining the academic quality of all the degree programs, ensuring the excellence of the faculty and the quality of the student experience, approving operating and capital budgets, managing the endowment, leading fundraising efforts, setting tuition and fees, and approving major policy changes.

Over the years, the number of “elected” Trustees (i.e., Trustees in addition to the President and the Governor) and the overall size of the Board have varied. The Charter originally set the number of elected trustees at ten. In 1961, the New Hampshire legislature and the Board approved a Charter amendment increasing the number of elected Trustees to 14, and amended again in 1967 to omit the New Hampshire residency requirement for any members of the Board. In 2003, the Board voted to increase the number of elected Trustees to 20. Two of those new Board seats has been filled, bringing the current size of the Board to 18 (16 “elected” Trustees, the Governor, and the President of the College.) Today, as it has since 1970, the Board elects a Chair separate from the President of the College.

Among the major actions of the Board were the establishment of professional schools in Medicine (1797), Engineering (1867) and Business (1900); resolutions in 1876 and 1891 allowing for alumni nominations of some candidates for Trustee; the November 22, 1971, resolution making the undergraduate college coeducational; and the November 1989 decision to divest from companies doing business with South Africa.

Found in 195 Collections and/or Records:

Articles of neglect

Mss 806478
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Identifier: Mss 806478
Overview In English.

Asa McFarland letter

Mss 797473
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Identifier: Mss 797473
Scope and Contents Letter from Asa McFarland of Hanover, N.H. to Dartmouth College Trustees in which he declines to serve another year as a tutor in the University.

Barnabus Perkins letter

Mss 785309
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Identifier: Mss 785309
Overview In English.

Benjamin Darling letter

Mss 811478.1
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Identifier: Mss 811478.1
Scope and Contents Letter from Benjamin Darling in Hanover, New Hampshire to President and Trustees of Dartmouth College with a petition for abatement of College bill which were billed to him during the time he was not a member of the College.

Benjamin Darling letter

Mss 813474.3
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Identifier: Mss 813474.3
Scope and Contents Letter from Benjamin Darling of Hanover, New Hampshire to Dartmouth College Trustees with a petition for redress of grievances concerning charges for tuition and other expenses whicle he was expelled from College.

Board of Trustees Meeting extract

Mss 781518
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Identifier: Mss 781518
Scope and Contents The Board in Hanover confers degrees on several men.

Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College letter

Mss 789475
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Identifier: Mss 789475
Overview In English.

C.B. Haddock letter

Mss 820474
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Identifier: Mss 820474
Overview In English.

Church Committee report

Mss 805490.1
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Identifier: Mss 805490.1
Overview In English.

Committee on the Memorial to Ebenezer Woodward report

Mss 808109.2
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Identifier: Mss 808109.2
Overview In English.