Alumni Council News November 2013 - Crumbine

Fellow ‘60’s: The 207th meeting of the Dartmouth Alumni Council (DAC), my fifth as your representative, was held October 24-26 in Hanover. Here are my notes.

The DAC was formed in 1913 by Ernest Martin Hopkins, and much was made during our session that this year is our 100th anniversary. For historical details, see:

Thursday, October 24

Experiential learning is becoming more important versus simply absorbing knowledge in the classroom. With that in mind, five students from the Class of ’14 described their individual projects.

Friday, October 25

Enrollment and Admissions Committee: Maria Laskaris, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
The Class of 2017 may be summarized as follows:
Overall results:
Applicants 22,428
Admitted 2,339 
Enrolled 1,117

Early decision:
Applicants 1574 
Matriculants 448
% of class 40%

Secondary school type:
Public 55%
Private 40%
Parochial 5%

Financial aid:
Recipients 47%
Average $42,692
Total cost $22.4M

Minority U.S. 39%
International 9% (country of citizenship, not residence)
No response 4%

Legacies: 14%
Gender: 50/50

Rather than making recruiting visits alone, Dartmouth is now doing these together with Princeton, UC Berkley, Northwestern and Vanderbilt. Other schools have formed similar groups with idea of increasing efficiency for all involved.

For the purposes of financial aid, 529 accounts financed by parents, but not grandparents, are included. There are no merit scholarships, even among those that are endowed. The average loan after four years is $20,000. If it gets above that figure for a given student, financial counseling is provided. Only six schools in the country are 100% need-blind, namely: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth and two non-Ivies. Few schools are need-blind for international students.

The Admissions Office has conducted a yearlong review of alumni interviewing practices—what works and what doesn’t. Some of the results: Interviews must be done in offices or public places, not in private homes; interviewer must not have a child or family member in the current year’s pool; and interviewer must be an undergraduate, not grad school, alum. Candidates with high ratings in alumni interviews are 3.5 times as likely to be accepted vs. those with low ratings.

Plenary Session #1

Phil Hanlon

After opening remarks by DAC President Mark Davis ’81, President Phil Hanlon ‘77 spoke to us for about an hour. The College has two fundamental missions: educate future leaders and advance the frontiers of knowledge. While other schools put priority on research (e.g. MIT, Michigan, Harvard), Dartmouth’s goal is to maintain our #1 rating for undergraduate education.

Experiential learning: Information is quickly available through the Internet, making knowledge more easily obtained. The key value Dartmouth adds is wisdom, the confidence to take risks and learning by doing.

Affordability: It is simply unsustainable for tuition to increase 3-5% more than inflation. His goal is for tuition increases to equal inflation. He did not, however, offer any plans for cost or staff reductions. 

SIDEBAR On September 16, 2013, the Daily D ran an op-ed by Jon Miller ’15 entitled “Trim the Fat—The Roots of Dartmouth’s Unaffordability.” Here are some excerpts: “Welcome to Dartmouth, ‘17s. You’ve just joined the institution with the ignominious distinction of being the second most expensive school in the Ivy League [and] the seventh most expensive college in the United States…. The largest contributing factor seems to be administrative and various other non-faculty staff…. Although there are over 1000 faculty, I find the figure of roughly 3328 non-faculty employees even more astounding. How has Dartmouth come to have almost one employee for every single undergraduate on campus? In 2012, another 153 employees were added to non-faculty positions…. Dartmouth spends more on ‘academic support’ ($34,061 per full-time student per year) than on actual instruction ($23,750 per student). END SIDEBAR

Student Life: Binge drinking is still a problem, but medical transports for intoxicated students have been reduced. To combat sexual assaults, the College has hired Jen Messina ’93, an expert in the field. She feels that the only effective approach is bystander training and intervention. 

Martha Beattie ’76 and Jean Romeo: Alumni Voices/Market Research

The Alumni Relations Dept. has added a full-time position to conduct surveys on alumni interests, attitudes, satisfaction, motivations and sentiment. The results of her initials findings and projects on the horizon were presented to the Councilors. 

Plenary Session #2 

Charlotte Johnson, Dean of the College

A new Student Advising Center has opened in the Berry Library, providing “one-stop shopping.” Included are one advisor for pre-major problems and one for major related problems. Collis Center has been renovated with a café, TV lounge, pool, and 24-hour access.

Richard Mills, CFO

There are currently 938 faculty vs. 3227 staff. Comparable figures in 2000 were 741/2657. The total cost per student is $128K/year, of which $58K is comes from tuition, R&B and fees. 

Plenary Session #3

Bob Lasher ’88, Senior Vice President for Advancement

Eighteen classes have active Facebook pages, and 23 classes have private discussion groups on Facebook instead of or in addition to individual pages. The web site has been updated and re-launched. 

Apart from the recent NYT article, there has been a constant stream of positive news about the school. Also, media hits are up with 500,000/month on our home page.

Steve Mandel ’78 (Chair) and Sherri Oberg ’82 (Audit Committee): Update from the Trustees

They expect to announce the new Provost by year end, but he or she may not start until July 1 of next year. Looking ahead, these are the four areas on which the Trustees will be focusing:

1. Academic re-orientation. This will include organizing academics around big issues and global problems (rather than disciplines); experiential learning; injection of new talent (e.g. bringing newly minted PhD’s on campus); technology to improve teaching; and research to prove we are good at undergraduate teaching.
2. Fiscal sanity/affordability. See comments above.
3. Community/high risk behavior. Looking at continuity of housing by giving priority to students wishing to return to their dorm after foreign study.
4. Branding and marketing. We are not good at telling our own story.

Roger Woolsey, Director of Center for Professional Development

Career Services is now the Center for Professional Development, and Roger Woolsey has recently been brought in to lead it. Monica Wilson, the previous acting director, now reports to him. He wants to expand the scope of his department well beyond simply organizing job interviews.

DAC Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

The Committee’s report is finished and available on-line. From 2007 to 2011, minority staff fell from 7.8% to 6.9%, putting us in the bottom 1/3 of the Ivies. 

Alumni Liaison Committee (ALC): Marty Lempres ‘84

Since the previous DAC meeting, 296 emails were sent from the Councilors, which generated a response of 657 emails. Issues included:

Trustee elections. The cost of balloting is $70,000, which seems a waste if a given election is uncontested. The Association of Alumni Executive Committee is proposing a constitutional amendment that would eliminate balloting in these situations and would have the alumni vote electronically in contested elections unless a paper ballot is specifically requested.

Administration, including the Dimensions protest and “administrative bloat.”

Student Affairs, such as the Greek system, binge drinking, hazing and sexual assault. 


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Here is the summary of the meeting written by Howard Hodel '75 on behalf of the Council's Communications Committee, including a number of key Internet links. For example, there is a group photo of all the attendees, and if you are interested, I am in the front row, far right.

October 24–26, 2013
By Howard Hodel ’75

The 207th meeting of the Dartmouth Alumni Council marked the council’s 100th anniversary, and opened with a festive reception and dinner on Thursday evening to mark the occasion. In 1913, Dartmouth President Ernest Martin Hopkins formed the Alumni Council to guide and support Dartmouth alumni relations. The council meets twice yearly in Hanover. The mission of the Alumni Council is to sustain a fully informed, representative, and engaged exchange of information and sentiment between the alumni and the College, and to enhance and inspire alumni involvement that furthers the mission of the College.

This report is meant to complement the wealth of information about this council meeting and alumni affairs in general available on the Office of Alumni Relations website at It’s a good idea to bookmark this address if you haven’t done so already.

The meeting took place in crisp, overcast autumn weather that turned out to be a great opportunity for those councilors who stayed a few hours longer to see Dartmouth’s football team defeat Columbia, 56-0. The program schedule was jam-packed and included the following highlights (see below for details).

• Thursday dinner featuring 100th anniversary remarks by Council President Mark Davis ’81, ’84Tu, and a student panel on experiential learning opportunities in the Upper Valley;
• Friday morning breakout session for councilors to work in their committees;
• Opening remarks from council President Davis at Friday morning’s plenary session;
• Address by new Dartmouth College President Philip J. Hanlon ’77;
• Presentation of market research on alumni by Martha Beattie ’76, vice president for alumni relations, and Jean Romeo, director of market research;
• Alumni Council luncheon with students;
• Presentation by Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson and members of her staff regarding student life at Dartmouth;
• Financial and investment presentations by Richard Mills, chief financial officer, and Pamela Peedin ’89, ’98Tu, chief investment officer;
• Meetings of Alumni Awards Committee, Young Alumni Committee, and Honorary Degrees Committee and optional programs for other councilors;
• Friday inaugural Alumni Awards gala dinner, featuring presentation of the Dartmouth Alumni Award to Donald Berlin ’54, Kenneth Johansen ’60, ’62Th , R. Bradford Evans ’64, and Peter Frederick ’65, and the Dartmouth Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award to E. Kristina Brock ’01, ’02Th, and Jethro Rothe-Kushel ’03;
• Presentation by Bob Lasher ’88, senior vice president for advancement;
• Report by Dartmouth trustees Steve Mandel ’78 and Sherri Oberg ’82, ’86Tu, on board priorities;
• Presentation by Roger Woolsey, director of the Center for Professional Development;
• Update from Jennifer Avellino ’89, chair of the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee;
• Presentation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion’s final report by cochairs S. Caroline Kerr ’05 and Janine Avner ’80; and
• Open forum, including proposed Association of Alumni (AoA) constitutional amendment to eliminate alumni-wide balloting for uncontested elections and council committee reports.

The 207th session of the Dartmouth Alumni Council opened with meetings of the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee and the Alumni Liaison Committee. First-year councilors attended an orientation session.

Councilors attended dinner, during which Council President Davis presented a slide show celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Alumni Council. Afterward, councilors viewed a student panel titled, “A Sense of Place: Bringing the Upper Valley Into the Classroom,” moderated by Bruce Sacerdote ’90, Richard S. Braddock 1963 Professor of Economics and faculty representative on the Alumni Council.

The morning began at 8 am with meetings of the Academic Affairs, Athletics, Communications, Enrollment and Admissions, and Student Affairs committees.

Welcome Remarks by Council President Mark Davis ’81, ’84Tu. President Davis welcomed both new and returning councilors to the session. Councilors watched a short film introducing President Philip Hanlon ’77, produced for his upcoming visits to alumni clubs.

Welcome Remarks by President Philip Hanlon ’77. President Hanlon delivered his first ad-dress to the council, congratulating the council on its 100th year anniversary. In the year since accepting his appointment, President Hanlon has spoken to and received feedback from hundreds of alumni, students, and faculty. His vision for the College is to continue the focus on the dual mission of providing the best possible education for students and bettering the world through the advancement of knowledge. Dartmouth’s most strategic asset is the preparation of successful leaders, and the College has long been recognized for its excellence in undergraduate teaching. (The president noted he spent time earlier that morning hosting office hours and teaching a section of math.) Hanlon emphasized that Dartmouth must stay at the forefront of teaching and learning. This is a period of rapid change in the world, where the workplace is more volatile and workers and leaders must be increasingly nimble to adapt. With increasing diversity both domestically and globally, different backgrounds and perspectives abound and must be meshed. Information technology is also having a profound impact in the classroom on the way we teach and learn. Both information and knowledge are quickly and easily available through the internet. The key value Dartmouth adds is wisdom, the confidence to take risks and learn by doing. Hanlon stressed the importance of experiential learning, in which Dartmouth is a leader.

President Hanlon announced several initiatives to upgrade how Dartmouth will impact the world through scholarship. He envisions that:

• Dartmouth will open an entrepreneurship center for students in January 2014. This center will host visiting alumni entrepreneurs and provide space to gather, staff assistance, startup funds, and Tuck business basics training. The Society of Fellows, a new postdoc program, will allow early-career graduate students to interact while being mentored by senior fellows.
• Dartmouth will hire clusters of faculty around issues of impact. An example might be the worldwide issue of clean energy, for which a solution will involve engineering, chemistry, and policy.
• Expansion of the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science model to 10 centers with a similar impact.

President Hanlon then turned to the challenges facing the College. One challenge is affordability. The cost of higher education is rising on an unsustainable track, and Dartmouth must find a way to address this. Another challenge is student life issues, including binge drinking. Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is helping reduce incidents. The number of medical transports for intoxicated students has declined. Dartmouth is a leader in this initiative, started by President Jim Kim. Sexual assault is a concern. The College recently hired Jen Messina ’93, an expert in this field. She has said that the only effective approach is bystander training. Both the Dartmouth Bystander Initiative and Mentors Against Violence provide tools that allow others to intervene. This is a complex problem, and Hanlon is energized by the idea that Dartmouth can create a model that can make a difference.

Presentation by Martha Beattie ’76, Vice President for Alumni Relations, and Jean Romeo, Director of Market Research. Beattie highlighted the organizational chart of the Office of Alumni Relations and introduced Romeo, explaining that other colleges and universities are creating this type of market research position as well. Romeo shared her job description: “The director of market research’s objective is to better understand the needs, feelings, and perceptions of Dartmouth’s alumni and parents and to provide valid, reliable data to the leadership of alumni relations and development to help them make more informed decisions, develop more effective strategies, and raise more financial support and alumni and parent involvement. This position will provide strategic guidance in alumni and constituent relations, communications, and fundraising and be charged with delivering critical market insights to inform Dartmouth’s alumni relations and development efforts.”

When Romeo arrived on campus in 2012, the Dartmouth College Fund had just completed an online survey. She took a "deep dive" into the data and investigated differences by gender and class year across three areas: impressions of Dartmouth, emotional attachment to Dartmouth, and level of engagement/support. Also soon after arriving, she standardized Advancement surveys on one online survey tool, ensuring that all surveys have the same "look and feel" (which is important because they are a touch point with alumni and represent the Dartmouth brand). Romeo also gave examples of other projects she has been involved with, including in-depth volunteer research among Alumni Relations and Development volunteers. She found some interesting differences in motivations to volunteer for Dartmouth between the two types of volunteers. She concluded her presentation with a brief overview of research projects that are on the horizon, including an alumni sentiment study (which she would like to pre-test among the Alumni Liaison Committee before deploying to the larger alumni body). Other projects include gathering insights to guide program development for Dartmouth Alumni Travel and Dartmouth for Life. 

At midday, the Alumni Council hosted a luncheon with students, seated in individual discussion groups at tables of six to eight people. Immediately afterward, the entire council gathered for a group photo on the steps of Dartmouth Hall. 

Presentation by Charlotte Johnson, Dean of the College. The afternoon plenary session in 105 Dartmouth Hall opened with Dean Johnson providing an update on student advising. The new Student Advising Center recently opened in the Ross Suite of Berry Library with undergraduate deans and resources housed in the same location. The office is partnering with select faculty advisors to pilot the 360 Advising Program for the classes of 2016 and 2017, after which it will be rolled out to all students in future classes. Dean Johnson then described the College’s efforts to improve social options and renovate facilities for students to gather at Collis, including the Collis Café, TV lounge, and 8-Ball Hall; at Sarner Underground’s 24-hour student social space; and on Robinson’s third-floor, which now provides a central location for health promotion and the residential education suites. These changes provide a variety of settings for students to socialize at nonalcoholic events, such as Late Night@Collis, at peak consumption hours. On the topic of health promotions and risk reduction, Dean Johnson described BASICS. This is a prevention program for college students who drink alcohol heavily and have experienced or are at risk for alcohol-related problems. Using a harm-reduction approach, BASICS aims to motivate students to reduce alcohol use and its negative consequences. The BASICS course consists of two one-hour interviews with a brief online assessment survey taken by the student after the first session. On the topic of sexual assault awareness, students participate in facilitated dialogues during orientation. There is also a new live-in advocate and coordinated support from the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

Dean Johnson also noted that the Class of 2017 experienced new welcoming activities on the DOC trips, including “Your Class Your Words” and intergroup dialogues. She added that Roger Woolsey, the director of the Center for Professional Development, is leading a much-needed change in philosophy in the four-year approach to career preparation designed to improve the transition from Dartmouth student to the next stage of life. 

Presentation by Amanda Childress, Sexual Assault Awareness Program (SAAP) Coordinator. Childress stressed that many sexual assault prevention programs are not effective, and that people must be invited to be a positive part of the solution. This realization lead to the development of the Dartmouth Bystander Initiative, designed by Jennifer Sayre ’93, the rollout of a social marketing campaign to spread awareness of the initiative, and a series of overview talks for students to intervene as responsible bystanders to deter high risk behavior. Last summer, 500 students participated in the overview talks and 150 participated in leadership training.

Presentation by Mike Wooten, Director of Residential Education. Wooten introduced the living-learning communities project, which is currently comprised of 14 programs with enhanced curricular connections. There are also proposals being finalized for three new pilot programs in the arts, entrepreneurship, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Presentation by Pam Peedin ’89, ’98Tu, Chief Investment Officer. Councilors learned about “Dartmouth by the Numbers” from Peedin, who provided an update on the activities of the in-vestment office and the performance of the endowment. She discussed the role of investment office staff, consultants, portfolio managers, and investment committee in managing Dartmouth’s assets and reviewed the investment goals and strategy of the endowment. She explained that the mission of the investment office is to provide exceptional stewardship of Dartmouth’s investment assets of more than $4.5 billion in aggregate, including the endowment as well as several shorter-term investment pools and the defined benefit pension plan. The investment committee, which works closely with the investment office, is responsible for setting goals and broad strategy for the endowment and other pools, while the investment office manages the portfolios day-to-day, sources and researches new investment opportunities, and monitors existing investments, consultants, and managers.

The primary long-term investment return goal for the endowment is 8 to 9 percent per year, which allows the endowment to maintain purchasing power after providing for the annual distribution to operations and adjusting for inflation. Dartmouth’s endowment has succeeded in meeting that goal, generating an annualized return of 9.4 percent for the 15 years ending June 30, 2013, and outperforming the 4.2-percent average annualized return for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Index during the same period. Dartmouth’s endowment rate of return also compares favorably with the broad universe of peer colleges and universities, ranking in the top-quartile of the Cambridge Associates Universe of Colleges and Universities.

Presentation by Richard “Rick” G. Mills, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mills provided a view into Dartmouth from a financial perspective, with some discussion of change over time and trends. Mills discussed both sources and uses of funds at Dartmouth and highlighted President Hanlon’s goal to continue to develop the greatness of Dartmouth while addressing the very real and pressing problem of affordability and access in higher education. Mills mentioned that part of this might be accomplished through finding efficiencies in operations that allow increased investment in core academic activities aimed at teaching and scholarship. Specifically, Mills described President Hanlon’s request of the campus to build budgets from last year’s activities, with modest inflators in a few areas, together with a request to identify 1.5 percent of expense that could be redeployed to fund new initiatives. Mills touched upon the role of philanthropy in Dartmouth operations as both endowment and current-use giving. Mills also noted that while all of higher education has entered a period of change and challenge, Dartmouth is well positioned to respond and emerge strengthened in many important areas.

Later in the afternoon, the Alumni Awards Committee, Young Alumni Committee, and Honorary Degrees Committee met. Alumni councilors also participated in optional programs. Katie Hornstein, assistant professor of Modern European art, presented “From Prints to Photography: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art,” and Matt Purcell, director of the Office of Project Management, led a tour of the Black Family Visual Arts Center.

This evening featured the inaugural Alumni Awards gala, which represented the first time that all six of the annual alumni awards for outstanding service to the College were given at the same time. Four alumni were honored with the Dartmouth Alumni Award: Donald Berlin ’54, Kenneth Johansen ’60, ’62Th, R. Bradford Evans ’64, and Peter Frederick ’65. Two alumni received the Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award: E. Kristina Brock ’01, ’02Th, and Jethro Rothe-Kushel ’03. Following an evening reception at the Top of the Hop, the gala dinner in the ballroom of the Hanover Inn opened with welcome remarks from Council President Davis and President Hanlon. Insightful film clips were shown of each recipient, followed by brief acceptance speeches. Award citations for each recipient are posted on the Alumni Awards website at

The Alumni Liaison Committee met for breakfast with President Hanlon and trustees Steve Mandel ’78, Emily Bakemeier ’82, and Sherri Oberg ’82, ’86Tu.

President-elect Lou Spelios ’95 opened the Saturday morning plenary session and greeted the councilors. 

Presentation by Bob Lasher '88, Senior Vice President for Advancement. Lasher explained that both alumni relations and development are under the umbrella of the Advancement Division. In FY 2013, the DCF set a new gifts record of $46,092,290.71 and a new participation rate record of 44.5 percent with 24,550 donors, while the three graduate schools set fundraising records as well. Lasher then talked about presidential club events for 2013-14, which will introduce President Hanlon’s vision for Dartmouth in locations across the United States and in London. The message is “All In for Dartmouth,” and the goal is to have 15,000 alumni attend these events. Thus far, events have been held in Hanover, New York City, and Boston. Upcoming events are scheduled for San Francisco (December 3); Los Angeles (December 4); London (January 29); Washington, D.C. (February 19); Philadelphia (March 19); Chicago (April 29); Seattle (May 6); and Denver (May 20).

In terms of social media, Dartmouth leads the Ivy League in Facebook followers, while we need to increase our presence on Twitter. The College wants to support these efforts.

Presentation by Justin Anderson, Assistant Vice President for Media Relations. Anderson spoke about Dartmouth in the news. Media coverage of Dartmouth rose from 300 media hits in September 2011 to more than 500 in September 2013, with 5 percent being negative. Stories pertaining to Dartmouth in the past month appeared in The Washington Post (climate change),The New York Times (fact-checking and political behavior), the San Francisco Chronicle(translational research grant), and The Wall Street Journal (Hanlon inauguration).

Presentation by Trustees Steve Mandel ’78 and Sherri Oberg ’82, ’86Tu. Spelios introduced trustees Mandel and Oberg, who provided an update from the Board of Trustees. 

As chair of the Board of Trustees, Mandel said his goal has been to improve communications between the board and the alumni. He then outlined elements of the board’s agenda. President Hanlon is focused on experiential learning and wants students to engage in subjects in a hands-on way. An effort is under way to reorganize academic focus around issues in an interdisciplinary manner and hire faculty in clusters to support that goal. Technology is another area of focus, which needs to enhance the learning experience of students both inside and outside the class-room. Dartmouth students already receive the very best undergraduate teaching, done according to proven constructs. Mandel then turned to several critical fiscal issues. The affordability issue for students continues to be a concern. In terms of budgeting, every department is being asked to eliminate 1.5 percent of spending from existing programs to fund new initiatives that better serve the educational experience. The board believes that tuition should remain comparable to peer institutions, but the historical increases above inflation of the past 40 years are unsustainable. Cost control is vital, especially considering that the future endowment distribution is expected to tend to 5 percent of endowment assets per year. Energy-wise, the campus depends on expensive fuel oil for heat, as cheaper piped natural gas does not extend into the Upper Valley and is not likely to in the near future. The College remains committed to need-blind admissions, and financial aid extends to international students, which adds to the financial pressure. Finally, in an effort to improve efficiency, campus buildings are being examined to determine the need for capital renewal as well as improved space utilization.

One of Dartmouth’s strengths is community, although there are still issues with student life. High-risk behaviors in particular must continue to be addressed. There are also bulges in term enrollment, with campus facilities and resources overly taxed in the fall and spring quarters and underutilized in the winter and summer quarters. More themed residences will be established along lines of academic interests. Branding and marketing are important and must be addressed. The board has goals for each of its committees and progress is measured.

Trustee Oberg, head of the board’s Audit Committee, discussed risk-management systems at Dartmouth.

Presentation by Roger Woolsey, Director of the Center for Professional Development. The name of this office has been changed, as the previous name, Career and Employment Services, was considered too limiting. An external review that partnered with groups and used analysis and research, indicated that challenges faced by the office include accessibility, preparedness, outreach, perceptual error, and technology. Additional considerations include student self-esteem and belongingness. Changes under way include the development of some signature programs and resources and the introduction of a professional development accelerator, resume guide, immersion trips into the workplace for students interested in certain vocations such as law, a virtual career fair, and December Bridge program at Tuck. Additional changes to technology and media include access to DartBoard, Dartmouth Professional Alliance, Customer Relations Management Widget, and Cloud: Work and Live. Woolsey plans to introduce himself to alumni clubs and create opportunities for alumni mentoring and internships.

Update from Jennifer Avellino ’89, Chair of the Nominating and Alumni Trustee Search Committee. Avellino described the structure, membership, and charter of the committee. The committee nominates candidates for Alumni Council positions, formally appoints councilors based on recommendations from classes, affinity groups, or regions, and recommends candidates for the Alumni Council to nominate to the Board of Trustees. Eight Alumni Council-nominated candidates were elected to the Board of Trustees in the last four years. The committee continues to review lists of possible trustee candidates, and new submissions are welcomed from alumni and reviewed on an ongoing basis, as a vacancy could occur unexpectedly at any time. Councilors are encouraged to submit nominations for Alumni Council leadership and for the Alumni Liaison Committee.

Final Report by S. Caroline Kerr ’05 and Janine Avner ’80, Co-chairs of the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Kerr and Avner presented the committee’s final report. The mission of the committee is to support the College’s aspirational vision for the workforce of the future by 1) increasing the diversity of the workforce through recruitment and retention of staff and faculty of color (both national and international) and other underrepresented populations and 2) determining what structures, resources, and best practices are needed. The work of the committee took about 16 months to complete and included a review of statistical data from the College as well as from peer institutions, best practices, and interviews. The report was posted online on October 28 at

Final Report by Marty Lempres ’84, Chair of the Alumni Liaison Committee (ALC). Lempres briefly summarized the 2012-13 ALC annual report, completed in September. The ALC held a conference call with six members of the Board of Trustees’ Advancement Committee in early October to discuss the findings. The report was communicated to the alumni on October 22 and posted online at During this council session, the ALC met twice, including during a breakfast with trustees and senior College leadership.

Open Forum. The open forum commenced with reports of activities from the chairs of the Student Affairs, Communications, Academic Affairs, Athletics, Honorary Degrees, Enrollment and Admissions, Alumni Liaison, and Young Alumni committees. The summaries of those committee reports will be posted on the Alumni Council website at

During the open discussion period for councilors, Association of Alumni (AoA) President John “J.B.” Daukas ’84 explained a proposed constitutional amendment. At the suggestion of a number of alumni, the AoA Executive Committee is proposing amending the association’s constitution to eliminate the requirement of alumni-wide balloting for uncontested elections. Alumni-wide balloting would still occur in trustee and AoA Executive Committee elections in which two or more candidates are running for the same seat. By way of background: Dartmouth alumni trustee elections are overseen by the AoA Executive Committee, pursuant to the terms of the AoA constitution and association bylaws. Dartmouth’s AoA constitution provides for alumni-wide balloting in all trustee elections. (Alumni elect a nominee for each open alumni-nominated seat. The nominee is then presented to the Board of Trustees for members to vote on the nominee’s election to the board.) A number of alumni have questioned the sensibility of incurring the costs and effort of alumni-wide balloting in uncontested elections. The cost of an election is approximately $70,000. In addition, many alumni have complained about receiving communications encouraging them to vote in uncontested elections. The proposed amendment would in no way affect the ability of alumni to run for trustee or association Executive Committee seats by petition. The petition process will remain unchanged. The association Executive Committee is also proposing a change to the constitution to clarify that the Executive Committee may send ballots to alumni via email (and not in hard copy), unless an alumnus/alumna has asked to receive a paper copy of the ballot. In recent elections, 70 percent of alumni have voted electronically. This change is merely intended to reduce costs, while allowing alumni who wish to receive paper ballots to continue to do so. Finally, the AoA Executive Committee is proposing to amend the constitution to reflect the name changes of Dartmouth’s medical and business graduate schools.

The AoA Executive Committee has voted to present this amendment to be voted on by alumni in an election that will run from late February through mid-March of 2014. Pertinent information will be sent out to the alumni body in late November.

There was no old business.

Closing of the Meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 pm.

Post-Closing Debriefing. An Executive Committee debriefing and retreat took place on Saturdayafternoon, October 26, and Sunday morning, October 27. 


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