The Dartmouth College Board of Trustees has elected Morton M. Kondracke ’60 and John B. Replogle ’88 as new members of the Board following a nomination vote by Dartmouth’s alumni. They both will join the Board on June 13, following Commencement ceremonies.
The Board of Trustees has ultimate responsibility for the financial, administrative, and academic affairs of the College, including long-range strategic planning, approving operating and capital budgets, managing the endowment, overseeing the educational program, leading fund-raising efforts, setting tuition and fees, and approving major policy changes.
A total of 20,790 voters participated, approximately 32 percent of alumni -- a new trustee nomination voting record. Kondracke, who ran unopposed for Vacancy #1, received 17,762 votes. Replogle, who ran for Vacancy #2, received 14,176 votes. Petition candidate Joseph Asch ’79, who opposed Replogle for Vacancy #2, received 5,823 votes. Dartmouth alumni also chose new officers and executive committee members for the Association of Alumni. Voting took place both online and via paper ballot March 10-April 7, 2010.
The process was managed by the Association of Alumni balloting committee. The vote count was administered by TrueBallot Inc., (TBI), an independent election administration company that ensures the security, accuracy, and impartiality of association and other types of elections. TBI was contracted by the Association of Alumni and Dartmouth College to manage all balloting, ballot counting, and personal email reminders.
Ed Haldeman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said, “The role of Trustee at Dartmouth is both a great honor and a significant responsibility. I am confident that Mort and John will both approach their new roles with tremendous energy and commitment and on behalf of my fellow trustees I welcome them to the Board.”
President Jim Yong Kim said, “I am eager to work with the newest members of the Board as we continue to pursue the highest standards of excellence during a time of worldwide economic uncertainty. While the Board has had to make a number of difficult decisions over the past few months, they are helping to chart a future for the College that enriches and renews the Dartmouth experience and I trust that Mort and John will be equally diligent in that continuing that work.”
Background on new Trustees
Morton Kondracke has been a national journalist for 41 years, the last 18 years as executive editor and columnist at Roll Call, the leading newspaper covering the U.S. Congress. He was a senior editor at The New Republic, Washington bureau chief of Newsweek, and a Wall Street Journal columnist. He is a Fox News commentator and was a regular panelist on “The McLaughlin Group,” in each case occupying the “moderate” chair, and on ABC’s “This Week.” He frequently appeared on “Meet the Press” and NPR and was a panelist in the 1984 presidential debate. He is on the boards of Communities in Schools of the Nation’s Capital, the Parkinson’s Action Network and the Michael J. Fox Foundation and is author of the best-selling “Saving Milly: Love, Politics and Parkinson’s Disease”, subject of a CBS Sunday Night Movie. As an undergraduate, he was president of The Dartmouth and a member of Delta Upsilon (Foley House). He was a board member of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine and class secretary. He received the Daniel Webster Award for Public Service from the Dartmouth Club of Washington. He has two daughters, Alexandra ’91, a Hollywood filmmaker, and Andrea, a New York physician.
John Replogle is a global business leader of more than 20 years experience. He is CEO of Burt’s Bees, the nation’s leading natural personal care company. Under his stewardship, Burt’s Bees has expanded globally, doubling sales and profitability while being recognized as a leader in sustainable business practices. Previously, John was the general manager for Unilever’s North American skin care division, and president of Guinness Brewing (U.S. and U.K.). He started his career with the Boston Consulting Group. John graduated from Dartmouth with an AB in government and earned a MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School. He has served his class and the College continuously for 25 years. As an undergraduate, he was on his class council and Student Assembly and a member of Bones Gate fraternity. Since graduation, John has been class vice president, treasurer, mini-reunion chair and co-head agent. John is also on the boards of Terracycle, the Ravenscroft School, and Habitat for Humanity in Durham, NC. He sits on the Duke University Corporate Sustainability Initiative advisory council, and lectures at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. His father (David ’53) and brother (William ’77) are also Dartmouth graduates. John lives in Raleigh, NC, with his wife and four daughters.