Board of Trustees meets in Hanover

by Brad Russo | 11/13/98 6:00am

The members of the College's Board of Trustees arrived at the College yesterday afternoon for their annual Fall term meeting.

The Trustees will stay in Hanover until Saturday night and will "have meetings almost continuously throughout" their stay, Associate Director of Public Affairs Roland Adams said. The Trustees meet in a secret location.

While their agenda is confidential, recent developments in the search for a new dean of the College indicate that could be a topic for the board this weekend.

Search Committee Chair and Dean of the Faculty Ed Berger said on Tuesday he believes "the announcement will be made early next week" and a short list of candidates is currently being reviewed by President James Wright and the Trustees.

Student Assembly President Josh Green '00 told The Dartmouth he spoke to the Trustee's Student Affairs Committee last night about the need for more student social space but declined to comment on specific details of the meeting.

Other students serving on the Trustee's Student Affairs committee are Shauna Brown '99, Assembly Vice President Case Dorkey '99 and Rick Su '01.

Former Assembly President Frode Eilertsen '99 and Tom Leatherbee '01 were also invited to attend the meeting, but are not members of the committee, Green said.

The Assembly urged the Trustees to consider several items to enhance the College's social space situation in a resolution passed last month, including the creation of a new programming building to replace the space lost in Webster Hall's conversion to the Rauner Special Collections Library.

The Assembly also submitted to the Trustees its traditional "Current Issues" report -- an update on situations of student concern.

This year's report included information on student organization funding, cable television improvements and residence hall door locks, Dorkey said.

Trustee statutory responsibilities include the appointment of faculty and principal administrators and the purchase of College property.

Past Trustee meetings have dealt with the status of the ROTC program at the College, endowment reinvestment in South African corporations, the funding of new College construction and selecting a president to replace former President James Freedman.

Various administrators generally speak to the Trustees and the Trustee committees about situations at the College.

The Board consists of 16 members -- the president of the College, the governor of New Hampshire and 14 others who must be College alumni.

The Trustee chairman is U.S. Ambassador to North Korea Stephen Bosworth '61.

Other Board members include "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" correspondent Susan Dentzer '77, limited partner of Goldman Sachs Peter Fahey '68, Head Microsoft Attorney William Neukom '64, Simon & Schuster President Jonathan Newcomb '68 and Boston Globe Washington Bureau Chief and Pulitzer Prize Winner David Shribman '76.

The Board generally meets four times each year in Hanover and attends a retreat during one weekend in August.