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The Empire Strikes Back
Just as the alumni revolution of the 1980’s led to a backlash by the administration — Alumni Trustees could no longer be challenged by a petition candidate in a new election after their first term on the Board — so has the revolt of the last few years led to another counter-revolution: no more parity on the Board between Alumni Trustees and Charter Trustees, and, for the time being at least, single-candidate elections.
We have never had a Board like today’s, so skewed to one type of Trustee: 61% of the members of the current Board are wealthy business school graduates with no professional experience in higher education. Meetings have the intellectual depth of a Harvard Business School reunion, and Board members have little or no understanding of faculty sentiment. The Trustees would have been more surprised than anyone by a no-confidence vote against Jim Kim, which would have taken place this year had JYK not skipped town just in time.
For the future, one wonders if the alumni will ever vote again for Trustees in an election with more than one candidate. The Alumni Magazine reports at right on the dismal outlook for the next few years.
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…
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