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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:

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Mss 793490.1
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Identifier: Mss 793490.1
Scope and Contents Dartmouth College Trustees extract from the minutes of the Trustee's meeting thanking John Phillips for his contribution toward the foundation of a profesorship of divinity.

Dartmouth College Trustees extract

Mss 795479
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Identifier: Mss 795479
Scope and Contents Four page extract from minutes of Dartmouth College Trustees meeting.

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Mss 796490
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Identifier: Mss 796490
Scope and Contents Dartmouth College Trustees extract from minutes of the annual meeting, Aug. 1796, relating to the establishment of a professorship of the theory and practice of medicine for Nathan Smith.

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Mss 784240
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Identifier: Mss 784240
Overview In English.

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Mss 791473.1
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Identifier: Mss 791473.1
Scope and Contents Dartmouth College Trustees extract from the minutes of a meeting relinquishing the Trustees' claim to Landaff.

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Mss 791473.2
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Identifier: Mss 791473.2
Scope and Contents Dartmouth College Trustees extract from votes of the Trustees at the annual meeting. Voted that Rev. Samuel of Doctor in Divinity.

Dartmouth College Trustees extract

Mss 791490
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Identifier: Mss 791490
Scope and Contents Dartmouth College Trustees extract from the minutes of the Trustees' meeting relating to the Professorship of divinity.

Dartmouth College Trustees extract

Mss 780519
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Identifier: Mss 780519
Scope and Contents Trustees resolve to reinstate Barret in College for as long as he behaves himself. Recommends Daniel Simmon, an Indian of the Narraganset tribe, to be ordained. Vote to build public school in Landaff.

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Mss 780523
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Identifier: Mss 780523
Scope and Contents Vote of thanks to Dr. Whitaker for all that he has done for the College, and trustees beg that he will continue to do all he can in soliciting aid for the College.

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Mss 780540
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Identifier: Mss 780540
Scope and Contents Report of Committee on affairs in Desden.