Dartmouth College. Board of Trustees

Dartmouth College. Board of Trustees

 

Biography

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 312 Collections and/or Records:

Dartmouth College Trustees extracts

Mss 794490
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 794490
Date(s): 1794-08
Scope and Contents

Extracts from the minutes of the Trustees' meeting relating to the Phillips professorship of theology and the donation made by John Phillips for enlarging the college library.

Dartmouth College Trustees lease

Mss 781174
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 781174
Date(s): 1781-02-24
Scope and Contents

One page lease for land in Landaff, NH given to Benjamin Wiser by the Trustees of Dartmouth College.

Dartmouth College Trustees letter

Mss 812475.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 812475.1
Date(s): 1812-08-25
Scope and Contents

Letter from the Dartmouth College Trustees of Hanover, New Hampshire to Alexander Thayer, conferring the degree of Doctor of Medicine on him.

Dartmouth College Trustees letter

Mss 799480
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 799480
Date(s): 1799-08-30
Scope and Contents

Letter from Dartmouth College Trustees, in account with the managers of their lottery.

Dartmouth College Trustees letter

Mss 799490.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 799490.1
Date(s): 1799-08-28 to 1799-08-31
Scope and Contents

Seven page letter from Dartmouth College Trustees, rough draft of the minutes of the meetings held Aug. 28,29,30,31, 1799.

Dartmouth College Trustees letter

Mss 800480.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 800480.1
Date(s): 1800-08-30
Scope and Contents

Dartmouth College Trustees authorize Bezaleel Woodward to give Joseph Marsh a deed for land purchase of them in 1779.

Dartmouth College Trustees letter

Mss 801490
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 801490
Date(s): 1801-08
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees letter

Mss 803664
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 803664
Date(s): 1803-12-14
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees letter

Mss 783251
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 783251
Date(s): 1783-04-01
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees letter

Mss 832206
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 832206
Date(s): 1832-03-06
Abstract

In English.

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