COUNCIL PRESIDENT'S PAGE: Alumni Leaders and Faculty Endorse Association of Alumni Constitutional Amendment
Alumni are now voting on a proposed amendment to the Association of Alumni constitution that will simplify and improve the way alumni nominate trustees. The Alumni Council has endorsed the amendment, and I urge you to help the association reach the two-thirds voting majority that is needed to pass it. A variety of alumni leaders and faculty have added their voices of support and I recently shared their thoughts in this message I sent to councilors:
Alumni leaders agree that the proposed amendment to the Association of Alumni constitution that is listed on this year’s association election ballot should be passed. The amendment will need support from 66 percent of voting alumni to be approved. Voting takes place from March 25–May 6, 2009. Here’s why they’re voting “YES.”
The current constitution, which requires the Alumni Council to nominate three alumni candidates, has created a “churn and burn” phenomenon in which multiple, highly qualified alumni candidates are rejected in each election cycle. We believe that the proposed amendment to the constitution will resolve this problem. It will encourage talented and engaged alumni to serve the College by running for election to the Board of Trustees.
—Martha Beattie ’76,
Former Chair, Alumni Liaison Committee, and Jim Beattie ’76
—J. Michael Murphy ’61,
Petition Candidate for President of the 2008-2009 Association
—Ricki Fairley-Brown ’78, President, Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association
—Ralph Manuel ’58, ’59Tu, Former Dean of the College; Past President, Class of 1958
—John Rassias, William R. Kenan Professor and Chair of the Dartmouth College Department of French and Italian
—Murry Bowden ’71, Past President, Alumni Council
—Kaja Schuppert Fickes ’95, Past President, Class Officers Association
To view a helpful Q & A about the proposed constitutional amendment, please visit www.alumni.dartmouth.edu/association/amendmentfaq.