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Dartmouth Trustees Endorse Proposed Alumni Constitution Revision

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/10/06 • Roland Adams or William Walker (603) 646-3661

Alumni Vote on Revision Begins Sept. 15

The Dartmouth College Board of Trustees has voted to endorse the proposed new Alumni Association constitution. The trustees approved a motion supporting the new constitution's approach to "a more representative alumni governance structure, better communication channels with the trustees and College administration, a fair trustee nomination process, and modernized voting methods for election of (Alumni) Association officers and representatives." 

The motion also expressed the board's appreciation to the Joint Committee on Alumni Governance and Trustee Nominations and the Alumni Governance Task Force, the two volunteer groups that have developed the revised constitution over the past five years. The vote took place Sept. 9 at the board's annual planning retreat, held this year in Sun Valley, Idaho, with 14 members voting in favor and 3 opposed.

An alumni vote on the proposed constitution will be conducted from Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 via all-media voting, with a two-thirds majority of those voting required for its passage. The proposal has also been endorsed by the Association of Alumni executive committee and the Alumni Council. More information on the document and the voting process is available at

"The board sees the merits of the excellent work done by our alumni volunteers on this proposed constitution, which would expand alumni involvement with the College and streamline alumni governance," board Chair William H. Neukom '64 said.

Neukom noted that the trustees had "met with members of the Alumni Governance Task Force, Alumni Councilors, members of Dartmouth Alumni for Open Governance, and alumni at various Dartmouth events across the country and gathered a range of opinions on alumni governance. We have also taken note of alumni opinion in print and electronic media."

Neukom said the board had reaffirmed its commitment to "ensure an enhanced level of alumni engagement and communication" with the College, and noted that the creation of a proposed Alumni Liaison Board would "contribute materially to that goal."

Dartmouth President James Wright expressed his thanks to "the many alumni and alumnae who have participated in the process over the last several years. I urge all Dartmouth graduates to educate themselves on the issues and to vote," he said. "Alumni governance is a terribly important matter. Dartmouth has long enjoyed a high level of alumni involvement in helping to strengthen the College."

In other business the board's working group on graduate programs and professional schools continued its work, with discussions with Carol Folt, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences; Charles Barlowe, dean of graduate studies; Paul Danos, dean of the Tuck School of Business; Joseph Helble, dean of the Thayer School of Engineering; and  Stephen Spielberg, dean of the Dartmouth Medical School.

The trustees also received progress reports on the $1.3 billion Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience from Carolyn Pelzel, vice president for development, and on alumni relations programming from David Spalding, vice president for alumni relations.

President Wright updated the board on the implementation of programs in response to the findings of a recent study by McKinsey and Co., the management consulting firm, on the effectiveness of the delivery of administrative services across the campus.

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