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 Extract

Mss 780523
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Identifier: Mss 780523
Date(s): 1780-09-23
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
Date(s): 1780-09
Scope and Contents

Report of Committee on affairs in Desden.

Dartmouth College Trustees extract

Mss 803490.1
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Identifier: Mss 803490.1
Date(s): 1803-08
Abstract

In English.

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Mss 784240
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Identifier: Mss 784240
Date(s): 1784-03-04
Abstract

In English.

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Mss 850900
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Identifier: Mss 850900
Date(s): 1850
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees extract from meeting

Mss 841427
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Identifier: Mss 841427
Date(s): 1841-07-27
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees extract from proceedings

Mss 815475.1
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Identifier: Mss 815475.1
Date(s): 1815-08-25
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees extract from records

Mss 841112
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Identifier: Mss 841112
Date(s): 1841-01-12
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees extract of minutes

Mss 790490.1
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Identifier: Mss 790490.1
Date(s): 1790-08
Abstract

In English.

Dartmouth College Trustees extract of records

Mss 817476.2
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Identifier: Mss 817476.2
Date(s): 1817-08-26
Abstract

In English.

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