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Trustees Expand Nondiscrimination Policy

Board approves budget, policies at June meeting

The Dartmouth Board of Trustees, at its meeting June 8 through 11 in Hanover, expanded the College's nondiscrimination policy, approved operating and capital budgets for the 2007 fiscal year, and reelected three members for additional service.

William H. Neukom '64, who has chaired the board since 2004, was elected for an additional year as chair, and Christine B. Bucklin '84 and Pamela J. Joyner '79 were reelected to four-year terms on the board. Neukom, former chief legal officer for Microsoft Corporation, is chair of the Seattle law firm Preston Gates & Ellis. Bucklin, a resident of Manhattan Beach, Calif., is chief operating officer of Internet Brands, Inc., a leading operator of media and e-commerce sites for "large ticket" consumer purchases, such as cars and mortgages. Joyner, of San Francisco, is the managing partner and founder of Avid Partners, LLC, advising investment managers and private investment groups on investment strategy.

The Dartmouth nondiscrimination policy was expanded to include "gender identity or expression" as prohibited bases for discrimination, and the protection for disabled and Vietnam-era veterans was broadened to bar discrimination based on "military or veteran status" more generally.

Dartmouth joins many corporations, state and city governments, and educational institutions in extending its policy to include gender identity and expression. The College's practice had been to interpret its policy against sex discrimination as covering gender identity and expression, but the explicit inclusion "reinforces Dartmouth's commitment to full equal opportunity and inclusiveness among our students, faculty, staff, and alumni," says President James Wright.

Wright also underscores the importance of the change that affects veterans. "I believed it was important that we broaden the policy to make clear that the College does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's military or veteran status, for Vietnam-era veterans or for any veterans," he says.

In other business, the board approved a fiscal 2007 College (excluding the professional schools) operating budget of $384.9 million, with resources directed primarily to faculty- and student-related priorities, operating costs for new facilities, information technology, and alumni relations and fund-raising. Among the priorities in those areas are:

The trustees also approved an institution-wide capital budget that includes funding in fiscal 2007 for $80.6 million in College-related projects, $24.1 million for real estate development, $20.1 million for Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) facilities, $9.4 million for Tuck School of Business programs, and $3.4 million for Thayer School of Engineering projects. Conceptual plans were presented for the medical school's Translational Research Building and Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences facility, to be constructed on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center campus in Lebanon.

Responding to a proposal by DMS for a new curriculum in biomedical science, the board approved a new Ph.D. program in experimental and molecular medicine. The program includes faculty from the pharmacology/toxicology and physiology Ph.D. programs under one umbrella, in addition to new training faculty from clinical departments and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The curriculum is designed to strengthen interdisciplinary training for graduate students at the interface of basic science and clinical medicine.

The trustees approved the establishment of the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science. The endowed chair, created in conjunction with the launch of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, will be held initially by Richard Granger Jr., a University of California, Irvine, scientist recently appointed director of the institute (see story).

Following the meeting, the trustees participated in various commencement activities, including Class Day exercises, the Baccalaureate service, various professional school ceremonies, and the main Commencement ceremony.

By WILLIAM WALKER

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Last Updated: 12/17/08