At Powerlineblog.com Scott Mirengoff posts concerning a Dartmouth alum who wanted to give his Alma Mater more than just money:
In 2004 Cypress Semiconductor chief executive officer T.J. Rodgers waged a successful insurgent campaign -- the first in 24 years -- for election to the Dartmouth board against three candidates selected by the alumni council nominating committee.It turned out there are other Dartmouth alums who want to give the school more than money. Some followed Rodgers's example and ran as insurgent board candidates while tens of thousands of others supported them:
Rodgers leans libertarian and shuns characterization on the left-right divide; he says he was motivated to run by "the degradation of freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly . . . at [Dartmouth] today."
Rodgers's election to the Dartmouth board has been followed by the election of petition trustees Peter Robinson, Todd Zywicki, and Stephen Smith as well as the resounding rejection of the proposed new alumni constitution that would have changed election procedures.The rest of Mirengoff's post is here. It includes links to the WSJ article and one Mirengoff wrote for Weekly Standard.
The powers-that-be at Dartmouth are not pleased with the outcome of these elections and apparently mean to do something about it the old-fashioned way.
In today's Wall Street Journal, Joseph Rago interviews Rodgers regarding his experience on the board. Rodgers anticipates an unhappy outcome to the governance committee review of election procedures that will be presented to the board next month.
Colleges and universities open wide the doors of their development offices to welcome all who wish to contribute by cash, check or money order. Credit cards, too.
But go over to the administration building and tell them you’d like to give some time checking out what the trustees have been doing and …. (you know the rest of it).
Question: Why do so many intelligent, accomplished people give so generously – sometimes even the bulk of their estates – to colleges and universities which aren’t really accountable to them; and don’t wish to be?