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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 settlement

Mss 824615
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Identifier: Mss 824615
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees statement

Mss 819440
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Identifier: Mss 819440
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees vote

Mss 812490.1
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Identifier: Mss 812490.1
Scope and Contents Vote by the Dartmouth College Trustess, signed by John Wheelock and attested by William Henry Woodward to confer the degree of M.A. on Alden Partridge.

Dartmouth College Trustees vote

Mss 788690
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Identifier: Mss 788690
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees vote

Mss 790475
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Identifier: Mss 790475
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees vote

Mss 784514
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Identifier: Mss 784514
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees vote

Mss 819900.3
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Identifier: Mss 819900.3
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees vote

Mss 819900.8
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Identifier: Mss 819900.8
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees vote

Mss 814611
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Identifier: Mss 814611
Scope and Contents Vote of the Trustees of Dartmouth College. They refuse to pass Wheelock's motion that the state be asked to send a committee to examine how far the state "ought to exend their patronage to the Institution." Signed by Stephen Jacob.

Dartmouth College Trustees vote

Mss 814611.1
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Identifier: Mss 814611.1
Scope and Contents Board of Trustees vote to relieve President Wheelock of duty of hearing Senior Class in Locke, Edwards, and Stuart and appointing Professors Shurtliff, Mason, Adams and Moore to take his place. Signed by Asa McFarland, Secretary.