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 329 Collections and/or Records:

Trustees Records of Meetings vote

Mss 794476
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 794476
Date(s): 1794-08-26
Scope and Contents

Vote from the Trustees Records of Meetings to change vacation rules. Confer degrees on several men. Speaks about disorderly conduct of student Conway in Chapel. Vote to discuss erection on toll bridge over Connecticut River.

Trustees Records of Meetings vote.

Mss 797490
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 797490
Date(s): 1797-08
Scope and Contents

Vote from Trustees Records of Meetings to repair College bell. Confer degrees on several men. Vote to settle all accounts of President Wheelock. Speaks of decease of John Merrill, a Freshman.

Trustees Records of Meetings vote

Mss 792490
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 792490
Date(s): 1792-08
Scope and Contents

Trustees Records of Meetings vote to confer degrees on several men. Vote to have President address Samuel Kirkland, and tell him of their appreciation of his work with Indians.

Trustees Records of Meetings vote

Mss 792474
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 792474
Date(s): 1792-08-24
Scope and Contents

Trustees Records of Meetings vote to appoint someone to execute such measures in the matter of stewardship as shall be deemed necessary.

Trustees Records of Meetings vote

Mss 784540.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 784540.1
Date(s): 1784-09
Abstract

In English.

Trustees Records of Meetings vote

Mss 788673
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 788673
Date(s): 1788-12-23
Abstract

In English.

Trustees vote

Mss 785525
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 785525
Date(s): 1785-09-25
Abstract

In English.

Trustees vote

Mss 810474.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 810474.1
Date(s): 1810-08-24
Abstract

In English.

United States. Supreme Court mandate

Mss 819152.6
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 819152.6
Date(s): 1819-02-02
Abstract

In English.

Uysses Dow letter

Mss 859426
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 859426
Date(s): 1859-07-26
Scope and Contents

Two-page letter from Ulysses Dow in Hanover, New Hampshire to the Trustees of Dartmouth College, concerning the difficulties the town would have in having both a free bridge and a ferry. Signed By Ulysses Dow, James S. Adams and David Hurlbutt, selectmen of Hanover.

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