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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 265 Collections and/or Records:

Dartmouth College Trustees petition

Mss 819390.4
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Identifier: Mss 819390.4
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees proposal

Mss 788590
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Identifier: Mss 788590
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees receipt

Mss 793119
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Identifier: Mss 793119
Scope and Contents Receipt from Dartmouth College Trustees to Samuel Stearns for payment of tuition and room rent.

Dartmouth College Trustees receipt

Mss 793361
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Identifier: Mss 793361
Scope and Contents Receipt from Dartmouth College Trustees issued to Senior Bissell for funds received on account of his bills for tution, etc.

Dartmouth College Trustees record extract

Mss 000040.1
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Identifier: Mss 000040.1
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees record of a vote

Mss 819278
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Identifier: Mss 819278
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees report

Mss 795479.1
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Identifier: Mss 795479.1
Scope and Contents Dartmouth College Trustees Committee to settle with the president, to Dartmouth college Trustees. Report of the Committee, recommending conveying to President Wheelock the annual rents on land in Greenboro, amounting to £56/7 a year.

Dartmouth College Trustees report

Mss 823471
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Identifier: Mss 823471
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees resolution

Mss 811476
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Identifier: Mss 811476
Scope and Contents Draft of a resolution by the Dartmouth College Trustees to disperse copies of "Memoirs of the Late Rev. Dr. Eleazar Wheelock" to the library and to the Secretary of the Board of the Trustees.

Dartmouth College Trustees resolution

Mss 841107.2
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Identifier: Mss 841107.2
Overview In English.