Dartmouth trustee vote raises controversy

May 13, 2005

While Penn prepares to graduate a new class, alumni of Dartmouth College hope to finally see the end of a controversy over trustee elections.

Unlike at Penn -- where all new trustees are selected by the current board -- Dartmouth alumni vote directly to elect seven of the 17 members of the Board of Trustees.

With two such seats up for grabs this year, campaigning and politicking have reached unprecedented levels in Hanover, N.H.

Much of the intensity stems from the fact that although Dartmouth's Alumni Council, a group mostly made up of class- and alumni-group leaders, originally nominated four candidates to fill the vacancies, two petition candidates have crashed the ballot largely by trumpeting issues of free speech and academic freedom...

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