During its March meeting, the Board of Trustees made a preliminary announcement about search plans for a successor to President James Wright, who plans to step down in June 2009. The Board also set tuition, room, and board rates for academic year 2008-09.
Chair of the Board Ed Haldeman ’70 said that the Trustees discussed the qualities they will look for in Dartmouth’s next president and the timeline for a search, which they expect will conclude early in 2009.
Haldeman appointed Trustee Al Mulley ’70 to chair the presidential search and will name the full committee in June. Mulley said, “I look forward to working closely with Ed and the entire Board of Trustees in the coming months to engage the larger Dartmouth community as we discern together the qualities of leadership that will best serve the College at this moment in its history.”
In the time that he has remaining as president, Wright will continue his work to expand and support the faculty, move forward with new life sciences, visual arts, and dining facilities, develop a program for sophomore summer, and advance the Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience. He will continue his work in support of veterans, for which he has received numerous awards.
The Board set the College’s tuition for the 2008-2009 academic year at $36,690, an increase of 4.9 percent (or $1,725) over the current year’s tuition rate. With room, board, and mandatory fees, next year’s overall charges will be $47,694. The rates apply to all undergraduates as well as students in the arts and sciences graduate programs and Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, which offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.
Dartmouth maintains a “need-blind” admissions policy whereby the College admits students without taking into account their ability to pay, and commits to meeting 100 percent of enrolled students’ demonstrated need for a full four years. In January, President Wright announced more enhancements to the College’s financial aid package, including free tuition for students whose families’ annual incomes are below $75,000; replacement of loans with scholarships; need-blind admissions for international students; and a junior leave term with no earnings expectation.
The new program will enable Dartmouth to continue to enroll one of the most economically diverse groups of students in the Ivy League.
The Trustees also received an update on the Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience from Vice President for Development Carolyn Pelzel, who reported that as of Jan. 31, $1.032 billion had been raised, an achievement of 79 percent of the $1.3 billion goal in 74.4 percent of the campaign timeline with more than 66,000 Dartmouth alumni, parents, and friends contributing.
The Board reviewed and approved the College’s 2008 Affirmative Action Plan; heard reports from its committees on academic affairs, student affairs, alumni relations, governance, finance, and master plan/facilities; and met with students.
Questions or comments about this article? We welcome your feedback.
Last Updated: 12/17/08