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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:

Rosina Fuller Markham letter

Mss 821405
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Identifier: Mss 821405
Overview In English.

Roswell Shurtleff letter

Mss 808140
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Identifier: Mss 808140
Overview In English.

Roswell Shurtleff letter

Mss 838425.2
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Identifier: Mss 838425.2
Overview In English.

Roswell Shurtleff resignation

Mss 838425.1
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Identifier: Mss 838425.1
Overview In English.

Samuel Alden letter

Mss 824467
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Identifier: Mss 824467
Overview In English.

Samuel Tomb letter

Mss 813410
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Identifier: Mss 813410
Scope and Contents Two-page letter from Samuel Tomb of Waterford, New York to President and Trustess of Dartmouth College, at Hanover, New Hampsire, recommending Francis Drake for an honorary degree. Also signed by John Bush, Jonas Coe, H. Schoonhoven, Willard H. Smith, Elijah Porter, Charles H. Whitmore, and Abijah Blanchard.

Solomon Pearson Miles letter

Mss 815468.1
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Identifier: Mss 815468.1
Overview In English.

Stephen Jacob letter

Mss 812475.2
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Identifier: Mss 812475.2
Scope and Contents Letter form Stephen Jacob of Hanover, New Hampshire to the Dartmouth College Trustees informing them that the committee believes that Aaron Cleveland has no claims to have refunded any monies collected as rent on land he occupies in Lebanon.

Stephen Jacob report

Mss 807501.2
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Identifier: Mss 807501.2
Overview In English.

Stephen Jacob resolution regarding religious worship

Mss 806501.1
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Identifier: Mss 806501.1
Overview In English.