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The Tucker Center

6154 South Fairbanks Hall
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-3780
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About the Tucker Center

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The William Jewett Tucker Center inspires and supports members of the Dartmouth community to cultivate a deep sense of meaning and purpose through spiritual, ethical and moral exploration and engagement.


The William Jewett Tucker Center aspires to:

  • Affirm and support religious and spiritual identity and development
  • Deepen religious understanding and mutual respect through interfaith dialogue, scholarship, and action
  • Encourage each Dartmouth student to develop character, conscience and vision
  • Serve as a vital partner in the larger Dartmouth community around issues of conscience
  • Actively collaborate with all sectors of Dartmouth to improve the quality of community by fostering meaningful connections across difference
  • Provide support and guidance to individuals and the community in times of celebration and need


The William Jewett Tucker Center is an outgrowth of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation, created in 1951 in honor of William Jewett Tucker, the ninth president of the College. The Foundation's original mission was to serve as the spiritual and moral authority of the College. Over the years, the Foundation evolved while staying dedicated to educating Dartmouth students for lives of purpose and ethical leadership, rooted in service, spirituality, and social justice.

William Jewett Tucker

In reviewing the mission of the Tucker Foundation in 2013-2014, it became clear that the Dartmouth community and Dartmouth students, in particular, would be best served by creating two new centers: one to focus on service and social entrepreneurship and the other to foster spiritual and ethical living. Thus the Dartmouth Center for Service and the William Jewett Tucker Center were born.

The Tucker Center carries on the essence of the founding principles of the Foundation, adapted to the changing times and needs of the 21st century. It is no longer focused on being the spiritual and moral authority of the College so much as fostering an environment for each of us to examine what it means to grow spiritually and to live ethically.

Last Updated: 7/25/15