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Dartmouth Trustees Elect New Chair

Mar 30, 2021   |   Dartmouth News

The Dartmouth Board of Trustees announced today that Elizabeth Cahill Lempres '83 Th'84 has been elected chair of the board. Lempres, who has served as an alumni trustee since 2018, will succeed Laurel Richie '81 on June 14.

"I pass the baton to Liz with great confidence in her strategic skills, her years of service as a trustee and a member of the Thayer advisory board, and most of all, her unwavering commitment to Dartmouth," says Richie, who was elected to the board as a charter trustee in 2012 and became chair in 2017. "I offer my heartfelt congratulations to her."

"I want to extend my gratitude to Liz for her leadership and enthusiasm as she steps into this new role ... The board is in good hands."

President Philip J. Hanlon '77

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Elizabeth Cahill Lempres '83 Th'84 (Chair)

"I'm delighted to take on this role and to build on Laurel's exemplary leadership," says Lempres. "The board's strategic priorities of ensuring preeminence in a rapidly changing landscape, building a more diverse and inclusive community, and increasing engagement with the graduate schools will remain core to our agenda. On a personal note, it's a privilege to serve Dartmouth in this way. I arrived in Hanover a first-generation college student and a beneficiary of the College's commitment to need-blind admissions. Dartmouth both challenged and gave me the confidence to embrace bolder aspirations. I will be forever grateful."

Lempres currently serves on the boards of General Mills, Axalta, Great-West Lifeco and Culligan. She has been a member of the Thayer School Board of Advisors since 2012 and is on the board of Social Finance, a nonprofit focused on mobilizing capital for social impact. A senior partner emeritus at McKinsey & Co., she had global responsibility for the consumer and private equity practices and was the managing partner of the Boston office. At Dartmouth, she majored in engineering and earned a BE from Thayer School of Engineering. She went on to earn her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was designated a Baker Scholar. She and her husband, Marty Lempres '84, live in Boston and have three children, Grace '11, Dan, and Katherine.

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