The trustees announced today that tuition is going to rise 5% next year for undergraduates and 6% for graduates in the medical and business schools.

They also announced that Al Mulley ’70 will chair the search committee for President Wright’s replacement. The statement from Ed Haldeman ’70:

As announced in February, James Wright will step down as president in June 2009 after eleven years of outstanding leadership. The Board of Trustees is grateful for the time he has provided to conduct a search for Dartmouth’s 17th president. A presidential search once fully launched normally takes six to nine months to complete a comprehensive identification process to attract top candidates. I have appointed Trustee Al Mulley ’70 to lead the search process. We will both be working together to ensure the search is as open and inclusive as possible while also taking the necessary steps to respect the confidentiality of candidates. A search committee will be announced following the June Board meeting.

The Trustees will now begin to develop a statement of leadership criteria for the next president to guide the search committee. The Board believes that it is critical that all Dartmouth constituencies have an opportunity to provide their input during this initial stage of the search. We will meet with community members on campus and locations beyond Hanover and establish a web site to collect comments and suggestions for the committee’s consideration. Al and I look forward to these communications and to providing periodic updates as the search progresses.

In other news, the Board announced that their affirmative action plan is showing progress. The number of women and minorities are up across the different faculties.