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Statement to inform prospective trustees of what is expected as a Board member, provide guidance concerning trustee conduct, and serve as a basis for self-evaluation and evaluation of trustees in the course of Board service.
Over the past three years, the Board of Trustees, particularly through the work of its Governance Committee, has considered how best to strengthen Board members' performance as stewards of the College. Having consulted knowledgeable advisers on best practices for non-profit organizations on governance and having considered governance policies of other colleges and universities, the Board concluded that it would be useful to develop a statement for Dartmouth on governance and trustee responsibilities. We intend the statement to inform prospective trustees of what is expected as a Board member, provide guidance concerning Trustee conduct, and serve as a basis for self-evaluation and evaluation of Trustees in the course of Board service. Accordingly, the Board adopts this Statement on Governance and Trustee Responsibilities.
The Board of Trustees develops and advances Dartmouth's mission and goals. It ensures the institution is well managed, provides for adequate resources, and maintains good relations with all constituencies, on campus and across the globe. It appoints and evaluates the President, approves and monitors the implementation of institutional strategy and policies, provides accountability and preserves the autonomy of the institution.
The Board assures that the Board as a whole has the requisite skills and experience to steward the institution and ensures that each Trustee carries out his or her responsibilities as specified herein.
The Dartmouth Board of Trustees is a small, working board that makes substantial demands of its members. Each Trustee assigns a high priority to a stewardship role with a commitment to the strengths, traditions and values of the institution and pledges to fulfill the following responsibilities:
Act as a responsible fiduciary
Advance the mission of Dartmouth
Uphold the integrity of the Board
Adopted by the Board of Trustees, June 8, 2007, amended April, 2011.