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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 263 Collections and/or Records:

Dartmouth College Trustees assignment

Mss 793671
Identifier: Mss 793671
Scope and Contents Dartmouth College Trustees assignment of land to John Wheelock.

Dartmouth College Trustees contract

Mss 785477
Identifier: Mss 785477
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees deed

Mss 781115.1
Identifier: Mss 781115.1
Scope and Contents Fragments of resource 781115; possibly the original.

Dartmouth College Trustees deed

Mss 781115
Identifier: Mss 781115
Scope and Contents Deed of land in Tunbridge, VT given to Samuel Moody (rector and master of Dummer academy) and his successors in office, by John Wheelock and Bezaleel Woodward on behalf of the Trustees of Dartmouth College. Acknowleged before the justice of the peace on Sept. 20, 1787.

Dartmouth College Trustees draft of letter

Mss 769490.1
Identifier: Mss 769490.1
Scope and Contents Dartmouth College Trustees draft of Mss 796490

Dartmouth College Trustees Draft of Meeting Minutes

Mss 780540.1
Identifier: Mss 780540.1
Scope and Contents Five-page draft of the minutes of the annual meeting.

Dartmouth College Trustees draft of minutes

Mss 790490.2
Identifier: Mss 790490.2
Overview In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees draft of resolution

Mss 814611.2
Identifier: Mss 814611.2
Scope and Contents Draft of a resolution passed by the Trustees, November 11, 1814, relieving the President of the tals of teaching the seniors.

Dartmouth College Trustees excerpt

Mss 770405.1
Identifier: Mss 770405.1
Scope and Contents Two page excerpt from the Dartmouth College Trustees in Portsmouth, N.H.. Eleazar Wheelock took the oath and subscribed the Declaration required in the Charter of Dartmouth College before John Wentworth. Entered by Bezaleel Woodward, Clerk. Includes: Excerpts from Trustees records of 1770 July 17, Hartford and 1773 May 25 and 26, Portsmouth, N.H. concerning Trustees and the Treasurer.

Dartmouth College Trustees excerpt

Mss 773475.3
Identifier: Mss 773475.3
Scope and Contents Excerpts from the Dartmouth College Trustees' meeting 1773 August 25 in Hanover, N.H.