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:

Dartmouth College Trustees account

Mss 808428
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 808428
Date(s): 1808-07-28
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees agreement

Mss 817675.2
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 817675.2
Date(s): 1817-12-25
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees assignment

Mss 793671
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 793671
Date(s): 1793-12-21
Scope and Contents

Dartmouth College Trustees assignment of land to John Wheelock.

Dartmouth College Trustees contract

Mss 785477
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 785477
Date(s): 1785-08-27
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees deed

Mss 781115.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 781115.1
Date(s): 1781-01-15
Scope and Contents

Fragments of resource 781115; possibly the original.

Dartmouth College Trustees deed

Mss 781115
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 781115
Date(s): 1781-01-15
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
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 769490.1
Date(s): 1796-08
Scope and Contents

Dartmouth College Trustees draft of Mss 796490

Dartmouth College Trustees Draft of Meeting Minutes

Mss 780540.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 780540.1
Date(s): 1780-09-19 to 1780-09-23
Scope and Contents

Five-page draft of the minutes of the annual meeting.

Dartmouth College Trustees draft of minutes

Mss 790490.2
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 790490.2
Date(s): 1790-08
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees draft of resolution

Mss 814611.2
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 814611.2
Date(s): 1814-11-11
Scope and Contents

Draft of a resolution passed by the Trustees, November 11, 1814, relieving the President of the tals of teaching the seniors.

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