The Carleton Board of Trustees met on campus from May 9-11, 2024.  The following is a brief summary of major topics discussed and actions taken during their meeting.

1. The Board elected 6 new regular trustees, one alumni trustee, and one young alumni trustee, each for a four-year term starting on July 1, 2024. The Board also approved two former trustees to the role of Emeriti Trustees.

2. The Board approved faculty leaves of absence for 2024-25.

3. The Board approved spring term B.A. degrees, pending successful completion of their remaining requirements.

4. The Board approved the following faculty promotions: 

  • From Professor to Professor Emeriti:  Will Hollingsworth (Chemistry), Tim Raylor (English), Gregory Smith (English), Cathy Yandell (French and Francophone Studies)
  • Hiring with Tenure at the rank of Professor:  Devavani Chatterjea (Program Director and Professor of Environmental Studies)
  • Promotion to Endowed Chair:  Nancy Cho (Class of 1941 Chair in the Liberal Arts); Stacy Beckwith (W.I. and Hulda F. Daniell Endowed Professorship of Language, Literature, and Culture); Nathan Grawe (Lloyd P. Johnson-Norwest Professor of Liberal Arts); Serena Zabin (Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. Professorship in the Liberal Arts)

5. The Board authorized the naming of buildings in the Lilac Hill and Union Street projects, as well as the naming of the new SHAC multipurpose building.

6. The Board received information on the proposed Wall Street Road and Mill Towns Trails projects and approved next steps for both projects.

7. The Board approved a change to the language on academic freedom in the faculty handbook, as approved by faculty.

8. The Board approved two memorial resolutions for former trustees Art Kaemmer ’65 and the Reverend Earl Neil ‘57.

8. The Board had the opportunity to discuss the national and campus climate regarding the war in Gaza, calls for divestment, campus protests, and free speech on campus. A number of trustees had one-on-one and small group conversations with the campus Students for Justice in Palestine group.

9. The Board received an update on the incoming Class of 2028.

10. The Board received updates on the Strategic Direction implementation, campus facilities planning, and the Student Life and Housing Plan.

11. Students, faculty, and staff who have participated in recent Off Campus Studies programs joined trustees for a special dinner and conversation.

12. Trustees were given tours of the Lilac Hill housing units.