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 312 Collections and/or Records:

Daniel Hardy letter

Mss 797475
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 797475
Date(s): 1797-08-25
Scope and Contents

Letter from Daniel Hardy of Hanover, N.H. to Dartmouth College Trustees in which he declines to continue as a tutor.

Daniel Oliver release of land

Mss 824351
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 824351
Date(s): 1824-06-01
Abstract

In English.

Daniel Webster letter

Webster Mss 832512.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 832512.1
Date(s): 1832-09-12
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Board of Trustee minutes

Mss 806490
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 806490
Date(s): 1806-08
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Board of Trustees

Mss 814390
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 814390
Date(s): 1814
Scope and Contents

Resolved that the Treasurer is directed to pay no part of the principal of interest of the sum of eigh hundred pounds. [granted by the Trustees in 1786 to John Wheelock]

Dartmouth College. Board of Trustees extract

Mss 816477.3
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 816477.3
Date(s): 1816-08-27
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College. Board of Trustees opinion

Mss 804562
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 804562
Date(s): 1804-10-12
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Board of Trustees proceedings

Mss 816470.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 816470.1
Date(s): 1816-08-20
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College, Board of Trustees records

DA-1
 Collection
Identifier: DA-1
Date(s): 1770 to 2004
Abstract

The Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College was created according to terms in the College's charter, 13 December 1769. The records of the Board consist of meeting minutes, agendas, correspondence, memoranda, reports, proposals, position papers, financial documents and research materials generated by or for the Board and its committees, and documenting the discussions and actions of the Board.

Dartmouth College. Board of Trustees report

Mss 850425.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 850425.1
Date(s): 1850-07-25
Abstract

In English.

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