The Executive Committee of the Alumni Council is proposing three amendments to the Alumni Council constitution. The council will vote on the proposed amendments during its May 2008 meeting.
The Executive Committee consists of Alumni Council President Rick Silverman '81, President-Elect John Daukas '84, and the chairs of the other standing committees of the council. The Executive Committee is chaired by the president.
The amendments concern Article VIII, Trustee Nomination; Article IV 3, Alumni Liaison Committee; and Article VI 4.A, Faculty Representative. Click here to view the existing Alumni Council constitution.
The text of the proposed amendments follows, along with an explanation of each.
ARTICLE VIII: Trustee Election
The amendment to Article VIII will provide the council the flexibility to assist in the nomination of candidates for alumni-nominated trustees under whatever rules we are asked to use. As you likely know, in September, 2007, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution indicating the type of process that should be used in the nomination and election of alumni nominees to the board. That process is different than the process followed since 1990 which required the council to nominate three candidates for an open trustee spot. The board's September 2007 resolution is the subject of a lawsuit brought by six members of the current Association of Alumni Executive Committee. As you know, the Alumni Council has filed an amicus brief asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit. The proposed amendment will give the Council the flexibility needed to follow whatever rules we are asked to follow in the next election.
The Executive Committee proposes that the current text of Article VIII be replaced with the following text:
ARTICLE VIII: Alumni Trustee Nominations
1. The Council shall designate candidates for nomination as Alumni Trustees.
2. The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for (i) reviewing and evaluating the qualifications of alumni proposed as candidates for nomination for the position of Alumni Trustee, and (ii) recommending to the Council the names of candidates for nomination for Alumni Trustee vacancies.
ARTICLE IV 3: ALC
The amendment to Article IV 3 will clarify that the terms of the three members of the ALC elected by the Alumni Council from the Alumni Council, and the terms of the three members of the ALC elected from the Association of Alumni by the Alumni Council are three-year terms, and are staggered.
The Executive Committee proposes that the current text of Article IV 3 be replaced with the following text (changes shown in capitals):
ARTICLE IV 3 : ALC
3. Alumni Liaison Committee.The Alumni Liaison Committee shall be a committee of the Council, consisting of the President, the President-elect, and immediate past-President of the Council, the Presidents of the Association of Alumni during their term on the Alumni Council (or the first or second vice presidents of the Association of Alumni, in the event they are members of the Council pursuant to Article VI.3.L of this constitution), three current Council members elected by the Alumni Council FOR STAGGERED THREE-YEAR TERMS, and three members of the Association of Alumni elected by the Alumni Council FOR STAGGERED THREE-YEAR TERMS.A representative of the Trustee Alumni Relations Committee may also serve on this committee.
ARTICLE VI 4.A: Faculty Representative
The amendment to Article VI 4.A will extend the term of the faculty representative from two years to three years.The faculty representative is a nonvoting member of the Alumni Council.
The Executive Committee proposes that the current text of Article VI 4.A be replaced with the following text (changes shown in capitals):
ARTICLE VI 4.A: Faculty Representative
4. The Council shall have the following non-voting liaison representatives:
A. One person selected from the General Faculty of Dartmouth College for a THREE-year term.