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Trustees reelect chair

Construction progress reviewed, budgets approved

The Dartmouth Board of Trustees, in its meetings June 9-12 on campus, reelected the chair of the board, reviewed progress on several major facilities construction projects currently under way and approved operating and capital budgets for the 2006 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

William H. Neukom '64, chair of the Seattle law firm Preston Gates & Ellis, was reelected chair of the board, and Michael Chu '68 and Karen Francis '84 were reelected for second terms on the board.

The trustees reviewed the renovation of Alumni Gymnasium begun earlier this spring and approved planning funds for a new varsity athletic building. The gymnasium project includes the renovation of the second floor into a 14,000-square-foot recreational fitness center, the creation of new multipurpose rooms and the addition of a handicapped accessible entrance and an elevator, as well as infrastructure improvements to the swimming pool and fire-safety systems. The pool will reopen in October for varsity team use, and the entire gym project is scheduled for completion by Feb. 1.

The board authorized funds for planning a varsity athletic facility to be located to the east of Memorial Field. The project will include the replacement of the spectator seating on the east side of the field and the addition of a three-story building behind the stands. The new building will include space for the football program, a varsity strength-training facility, offices for other varsity teams and a classroom and meeting rooms for all teams.

(For in-depth coverage of planned improvements to the athletic facilities, read this Dartmouth News press release.)

Other facilities updates included:

  • Kemeny Hall and the Haldeman Center, currently under construction to house the mathematics department and the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Ethics Institute and the Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities. The project is scheduled for completion in Aug. 2006.
  • The MacLean Engineering Sciences Center, a Thayer School of Engineering project scheduled for completion next spring. The new building will provide undergraduate classroom and laboratory space, faculty offices and research facilities to integrate teaching, research and information technology.
  • The McLaughlin Residential Cluster, a 342-bed facility on the northern section of the campus that, together with a new residence hall being constructed on Tuck Mall, will relieve long-standing housing shortages for undergraduate students. Located on the former site of the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, the McLaughlin facility is scheduled for opening in Sept. 2006.
  • The Tuck Mall residence hall, also scheduled for completion in Sept. 2006. This complex will house 162 undergraduates in two buildings near Butterfield, Russell Sage and the Gold Coast buildings.
  • The South Block redevelopment project in downtown Hanover, which will bring mixed-use buildings for commercial and residential purposes. At completion, South Block will include 29 units of housing and approximately 30,000 square feet of commercial space, a portion of which will be leased to existing tenants. The two phases of the project are set for completion in the fall of 2007.
  • The Sachem Village graduate housing redevelopment in West Lebanon, providing a net increase of 83 units and improving the existing structures. The project will be completed in three phases over the next three years.

The trustees approved a multi-year institution-wide capital budget of $325.2 million, with about $195 million in expenditures targeted for fiscal year 2006. The overall budget includes funds to continue the planning for the life sciences building and a visual arts building. At its March meeting the board had accepted the administration's plan to proceed with the life sciences facility, which will be located near the current medical school at the north end of the Hanover campus. The new facility will provide teaching, laboratory and office space for the biological sciences and the medical school. The visual arts building will provide space for the departments of Studio Art and Film and Television Studies on Lebanon Street just east of the Hopkins Center.

The board approved a fiscal year 2006 College operating budget of $355.9 million, including $45.7 million for financial aid to support Dartmouth's need-blind admissions policy, which meets 100 percent of each student's demonstrated need for all four years of undergraduate study. The operating budget for the entire institution, including the Dartmouth Medical School, the Thayer School and the Tuck School, will be $629.4 million.

The trustees also approved a number of new endowed professorships, named professorships, promotions to full professor, promotions with tenure and new appointments to the faculty.

In other business, the board received reports from its working groups on academic excellence and alumni relations. The academic group has worked closely with Provost Barry Scherr and Dean of the Arts and Sciences Faculty Carol Folt on faculty and curricular issues, and the alumni relations group has met with alumni leadership and worked with Vice President for Alumni Relations Stanley Colla, Vice President for Development Carolyn Pelzel and Vice President for Public Affairs William Walker.

The board accepted a recommendation by Dean of the College James Larimore that the moratorium on the addition of new single-sex, residential and selective organizations the trustees had adopted in 2001 be lifted. The action acknowledges the progress made by the Coed, Fraternity and Sorority System over the past five years in meeting new standards of excellence, and recognizes recent requests for a new sorority. The board vote returns to the Dean the responsibility for determining whether new organizations should be granted recognition.

The Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility communicated to the board a resolution expressing its concern about the mass murder of civilians carried out by the Khartoum regime and the Janjaweed militia in the Darfur region of Sudan, and called on Dartmouth to take steps to influence corporations doing business in Sudan to pressure the Sudanese government to discontinue the genocide in Darfur. In addition, the resolution suggested a study to assess the range of potential actions that Dartmouth could take, including divestment in corporations complicit in the genocide in Sudan. The trustees thanked the advisory committee for its report and the student Darfur Action Group for bringing this issue to their attention, and asked the advisory committee to prepare a report to enable the Investment Committee of the board to take up this matter as soon as possible.

Following the meeting, members of the board participated in various commencement activities, including Class Day exercises, the baccalaureate service, various professional school ceremonies and the main commencement ceremony.


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Last Updated: 12/17/08