More Reaction to the Trustee Election

Chien Wen Kung ’04:

In fact, I think conflict and open hostility between the new trustees and the administration or faculty is a bad thing. Conservative stalwarts may recollect with fondness the battles the Review waged against official Dartmouth in the 1980s, and may look forward to such skirmishes in the years to come, but I don’t. I don’t want my professors protesting on the Green; I want them in the classroom, teaching students. This is not to say that I’m against the trustees criticizing the faculty or administration. Some degree of criticism is necessary, because some things — like tuition fees for instance — need to be looked at. The question is how.

Mike Sirota ’03:

Hopefully this will give another kick in the pants to Wright to resign ASAP so that the College can move on and get back to the business of education.

Former Dartmouth Review editor James Panero ’98:

For the establishment omerta that has kept conservative leaders out of the governing bodies of our top schools, this may just be one more battle won in the effort to retake the universities.

President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni Anne D. Neal:

“Alums have had enough,” Neal said. “They are part of a growing cadre of alumni who understand that they need to step up to the plate. The ‘go along, get along’ approach isn?t the way you keep colleges financially healthy and academically healthy.”

President of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities Richard T. Ingram:

“When you find yourself on the board, you need to do what’s best for the institution, not carry out a personal agenda,” Ingram said. That can be hard for candidates who have won election on a specific platform. “We need more active trustees, but not more trustee activism,” he said.

Update—10:05 am: Added a few more.