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The Dartmouth College Board of Trustees has elected Charles E. Haldeman Jr., president and chief executive officer of Putnam Investments, and Albert G. Mulley Jr., chief of the General Medicine Division of Massachusetts General Hospital, as charter trustees, to join the board in June.
The election adds a new position to the board under a plan the trustees adopted last fall to expand the size of the group from 16 to 22 over the next several years. The new seats will consist of three charter trustees appointed by the board and three alumni trustees nominated by the alumni body and elected by the board. The first new alumni trustee position will be added during the 2004-05 nomination process, according to Susan Dentzer, chair of the board.
Dentzer, health correspondent and head of the Health Policy Unit of the PBS program "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," will retire as a charter trustee this summer after 11 years on the board, including three as chair.
"Ed Haldeman and Al Mulley bring considerable strengths to the board in several critical respects," Dentzer said. "Ed's exceptional financial and investing expertise, as well as his senior management skills, will augment our already substantial capabilities in this area. And Al's achievements as a premier physician and researcher at one of America's top medical schools and health care institutions will also be of enormous benefit, as we take on the many opportunities afforded our institution through Dartmouth Medical School and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center."
President James Wright said, "These are two distinguished alumni who have already served the college well. Their experience adds substantively to the range of talents represented on the board. Their commitment to their alma mater has impressed me always, and I look forward to working with them both.
Haldeman was appointed CEO at Putnam in November 2003, a year after joining the firm as senior managing director and investment head. He previously served as CEO of Delaware Investments, and as president and chief operating officer of the United Asset Management Corp., after 24 years with Cooke and Bieler, Inc. He received an AB degree in economics from Dartmouth in 1970, having earned Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors, and received MBA and JD degrees from Harvard University in 1974. Haldeman has served for many years in various Dartmouth volunteer leadership capacities, including Alumni Fund leadership agent, class agent and regional agent, and as a scholarship fund chair. He has served on the Dean's Council, and has been active with the President's Leadership Council for the past six years.
"Having just completed four years as a Dartmouth parent, I have an even deeper understanding of how special the Dartmouth experience is," Haldeman said. "I am honored to have been given the opportunity to serve the college."
Mulley, in addition to his role at Massachusetts General, is associate professor of medicine and associate professor of health policy at Harvard. After graduating from Dartmouth as a Rufus Choate Scholar and a Phi Beta Kappa member with an AB in biology and psychology in 1970, he received MD and master of public policy degrees from Harvard in 1975 and completed his residency training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General. The author and editor of the leading text Primary Care Medicine, he has conducted pioneering work in clinical epidemiology and the use of decision theory and outcomes research to support clinicians and patients in their decision-making roles. At Dartmouth Mulley has served as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Dartmouth Medical School since 1999, and has been active with the Friends of Rowing.
"I am grateful for this opportunity to serve Dartmouth," Mulley said. "As a Dartmouth parent who hasn't missed a women's crew race in the past three years, I have a good sense of what life is like on campus these days. As an Overseer at the Medical School, I see enormous potential for Dartmouth to lead in reshaping not only health care but also the way people think about health in America. My affection for and commitment to the college couldn't be stronger."
In addition to the election of two charter trustees, the Dartmouth alumni are currently in the process of nominating an alumni trustee to succeed Peter Fahey, retired limited partner with Goldman Sachs & Co., who will step down from the board this summer after 10 years of service. Alumni balloting on the four alumni trustee candidates continues through April 30. Additional information on the candidates and the process is available.
When Dartmouth's original charter was granted in 1769, the board size was set at 12 seats. In 1961, the Board added four more seats, and since then the board has consisted of seven charter and seven alumni trustees, the president of the college and the Governor of New Hampshire, who serves ex officio, or as an automatic member by virtue of holding that office.
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