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Replogle for Parity?

John Replogle ‘88 seems to have, well, sort of, come out in favor of parity, after waffling in a D interview on December 12:

Kondracke and Replogle, however, also said they need to hear further arguments before they can formulate an official opinion on the issue of parity between alumni-elected and Board-appointed trustees.

“My heart tells me that parity is the right thing, so my heart says that that is where I would gravitate to, and yet I need to listen,” Replogle said. “I need to hear how the Board reached its decision before I form a position or opinion on it.”

Replogle now seems to have advanced his thinking without the benefit of the Board’s guidance. In yesterday’s D he described a new plan that will let him support a balance on the Board between Charter and Alumni Trustees:

Replogle suggested a possible solution to the parity debate in an interview with The Dartmouth on Wednesday, proposing that the Board add one member of each graduating class — to be selected by the outgoing class — to the Board to serve for one four-year term.

“I think [this idea] has the kind of innovative approach we need to solve this issue,” Replogle said. “I think the matter [of parity] could be solved without lawsuits, improve our governance and create a great opportunity for our recent graduates to contribute back to the College by sharing their own insights on the Dartmouth experience. That is a real win-win.”

Hmmm. Replogle seems to want to add four trustees to the Board, all of whom would be young graduates. This would give Dartmouth the highest percentage of Trustees from recent graduating classes of any college in the country — and one of the largest Boards. But, of course, this is not really parity: the alumni body would choose eight trustees and the only the recent graduating classes would choose four departing seniors.

My preference, rather than have four students speak for the entire undergraduate population, would be to have an equal number of Charter and Alumni spend real time in Hanover speaking to students, faculty and staff. Only in that way could they get an independent and accurate read on the state of the College.


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