The Carleton Board of Trustees met in Northfield for its Winter Term meeting on February 8-10, 2024.  The following is a brief summary of major topics discussed and actions taken during their meeting:

  1. The Board approved the proposed slate of officers for the 2024-25 academic year, including Cathy Paglia as Chair, Jeninne McGee as Vice Chair, John Harris as Secretary, and a four-year term for Cathy Paglia.
  2. The Board approved new faculty leaves of absence for 2024-25, as well as changes to leaves already approved for this time period.
  3. The Board approved the request for mid-year B.A. degrees, pending successful completion of their remaining requirements for graduation.
  4. The Board approved changes/updates to the faculty bylaws.
  5. The Board authorized the filing with the Internal Revenue Service of the IRS 990 and IRS 990-T for the year ended June 30, 2023 as prepared by CliftonLarsonAllen.
  6. The Board approved the engagement of CliftonLarsonAllen to provide comprehensive audit and tax services for the Carleton College Defined Contribution Plan years December 31, 2023-2025 and Carleton College Financial Statements for the fiscal year June 30, 2024-2026.
  7. The Board approved the induction to the Founder’s Court of William R. Gage ’64 and Nancy Bauer.
  8. The Board approved changes/updates to the College’s Title IX policy.
  9. The Board approved tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Eric Alexander (Computer Science); Andrew Carlson (Theater and Dance); Rou-Jia Sung (Biology); Ryan Terrien (Physics and Astronomy); Caroline Turnage-Butterbaugh (Mathematics and Statistics); Lei Yang (Asian Languages and Literatures); and the promotion to Full Professor of Jason Decker (Philosophy and Cognitive Science); Julia Strand (Psychology); Cherlon Ussery (Linguistics), all effective September 1, 2024.
  10. The Board approved the issuing of an honorary degree.
  11. The Board approved the acceptance of a memorial resolution in honor of former Trustee Geri M. Joseph, P’79.
  12. The Board approved the comprehensive fee and operating budget for Fiscal Year 2024-25.
  13. The Board approved the issuing of a William Carleton Medal.
  14. The Board received updates from the Alumni Council President, the Alumni Annual Fund Chair, and the Parents Advisory Council Co-Chairs.
  15. The Student Life and Academic Affairs Committees joined together to discuss retention and graduation rates, and student behavior and classroom preparedness.
  16. The Board discussed current topics and events occurring in the higher education landscape.
  17. Trustees were introduced to the new Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Daren Batke.
  18. The Board plenary session included an update from President Byerly on Strategic Direction implementation, and an update from Vice President for Inclusion, Equity, and Community, Dina Zavala on CEDI.
  19. Trustees enjoyed a special dinner with faculty, staff, and students who have been involved in interdisciplinary work on campus.   
  20. Faculty members hosted small-group dinners in their homes and on campus for Trustees.