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Trustee Election Results

I hope that you have not been holding your breath.The long-awaited results are in and all candidates in the Trustee and AoA election won with 100% of the vote.

A total of 10,572 voters participated. Curiously, of the total number of voters, 1,432 declined to vote for Gail Boudreaux ‘82, who ran for Trustee Vacancy #1; she received 9,140 votes. And 1,556 did not vote for Bill Burgess ‘81, who ran for Trustee Vacancy #2; he received 9,016 votes. In contrast, in 2007, petition Trustee Stephen Smith received 9,984 votes in a race in which 18,186 alumni voted and four candidates participated.

David Spalding’s Office of Alumni Relations is reporting that approximately 15.5% of alumni voted, but as always, the College’s deftness with statistics lurks in the background. In past years, the voter participation calculation was derived from a base of “living alumni.” No longer. Now the denominator in this percentage is “alumni who have shared their contact information with Dartmouth.” Reduce the denominator; up your percentage. Clever, huh?

Vox the Vote Web Site 2011.jpg

This is the same sleight of hand that the College uses to inflate our alumni giving percentage participation figures so that we look like we are offering some competition to Princeton. When I researched this question a year and a half ago, the Development Office said that it was unable to contact over 10% of living undergraduate alumni; the comparable figure for Princeton was slightly over 2%.


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