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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:

Thaddeus Pulaski Robinson letter

Mss 820473.1
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Identifier: Mss 820473.1
Overview In English.

Thomas Mighill bond

Mss 810672
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Identifier: Mss 810672
Overview In English.

Thomas Thompson letter

Mss 808474.1
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Identifier: Mss 808474.1
Overview In English.

Thomas W. Thompson report

Mss 806502.2
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Identifier: Mss 806502.2
Overview In English.

Thomas White Thompson letter

Mss 815417
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Identifier: Mss 815417
Overview In English.

Timothy Clifford petition

Mss 822306
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Identifier: Mss 822306
Overview In English.

To the Honorable Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College letter

Mss 811590.1
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Identifier: Mss 811590.1
Scope and Contents Letter from 53 students in Hanover, New Hampshire to the honorable board of Trustees of Dartmouth College. "We the subscribers...would prefer meeting for public worship in the Chapel, rather than the meeting house."

Trustee Records of Meetings

Mss 800490.1
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Identifier: Mss 800490.1
Scope and Contents Vote from the Trustees Records of Meetings to confer degrees on several men.

Trustee Records of Meetings vote

Mss 789475.2
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Identifier: Mss 789475.2
Overview In English.

Trustees letter

Mss 788603.3
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Identifier: Mss 788603.3
Overview In English.