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Governance Update

Alumni Lawsuit Dismissed

The New Hampshire Superior Court approved the voluntary dismissal of the Association of Alumni lawsuit against Dartmouth College on June 27. All 11 members of the Association's new executive committee, elected June 10, had committed to ending the lawsuit. The anti-lawsuit slate was elected by a 60 percent majority, with a record 24,900 (38 percent) of Dartmouth's more than 60,000 alumni voting in the election.

The lawsuit, filed in October 2007, was an attempt to prevent Dartmouth from moving forward with an expansion of its Board of Trustees from 18 to 26 members. The expansion preserves eight seats for alumni-nominated trustees and increases the number of appointed charter trustees to 16. The lawsuit was filed after a 6-3 vote by the Association's previous executive committee, and was opposed by the previous president of the Association, Bill Hutchinson '76, as well as the executive committee of the Alumni Council.

Two main groups represent Dartmouth alumni: the Association of Alumni and the Alumni Council. The Dartmouth Association of Alumni's primary role is to run the annual meeting of the Association and related elections. The organization is distinct from the Alumni Council, which acts as principal communications vehicle between alumni and the College. The Council is made up of nearly 120 representatives of Dartmouth's alumni classes, clubs, and affiliated groups, as well as faculty and undergraduate student members.


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Last Updated: 8/20/08