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The Board That We Need? Part 2
So how do the qualifications of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees compare to the different boards that we looked at yesterday? By my lights, the non-ex-officio members of the Board shake out as follows:
Corporate Executives: 7
Doctors/Medical Administrators: 2
Senior Attorneys: 1
Public Intellectuals: 1
The latter two are petition trustees who would not be on the Board save for the wisdom of the alumni.
A college Board of Trustees composed in this manner makes as little sense as a corporate Board of Directors that does not include any experienced business executives. None of the Dartmouth Trustees has been a professor at an undergraduate college or worked as an undergraduate academic administrator; the list includes no college presidents, senior deans, education professionals or others who have made their careers on the inside of an undergraduate academic institution. The Dartmouth’s Board needs individuals with these professional qualifications — and quite desperately.
Now I am not saying that the Board should be composed exclusively of faculty members or senior administrators. But having these folks in the room during Board discussions will allow everyone present to see through the cant and soft data that can too often emanate from weak administrators. And they will be able to directly share their relevant experience with President Kim.
Fortunately, the five members of the Board’s Governance Committee — which makes all of the decisions on Charter Trustees and then announces their choice to the Board a day or two before the public announcement — soon have a chance to enrich the Board’s composition. In so doing, they can provide important new sources of guidance for President Kim. Three Charter Trustee slots will come open in 2010, all currently occupied by MBA-holding business leaders — two of whom have already had their term extended. With bold choices, the Board can shatter its insularity, which has contributed to so many of this decade’s problems.
So what will it be? Real higher education professionals? Or just more Masters of the Universe? We’ll probably find out in May.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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