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The College of William and Mary might have its governing board reorganized along the lines of Dartmouth’s. The board has seventeen members, twelve of whom are alumni. Currently, the governor appoints all seventeen members. The proposed legislation would allow alumni to elect a majority of the Board. The legislator who drafted the bill said it was based on Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees. Read the article here.

UPDATE: Malchow opines:

What more prudent body is there, really, than the alumni? They are educated, world-wise, and properly interested: their dollars and their children both go to the institution, yet their own prosperity is not predicated upon college policy. This makes the alumni interested but, unlike faculty and administrators, purely interested.