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Trustees Consider Future of Graduate, Professional Schools

Nov 11, 2021   |   by Susan Boutwell   |   Dartmouth News

Deans from the professional and graduate schools discussed their vision for the future of their schools with the Dartmouth Board of Trustees at the board's November meeting last week.

Liz Lempres '83 Th'84

Trustees met on campus for their Nov. 4–6 sessions, enjoying crisp late fall days in Hanover that included sharing cider and treats with undergraduate student leaders under a tent near Rollins Chapel and taking in several athletic contests.

"It was a wonderful weekend to be on campus and see so many students and community members enjoying all that Dartmouth has to offer," says board Chair Liz Lempres '83, Thayer '84.

The Next Decade for Graduate Education

Deans of the Geisel School of Medicine, Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business told trustees about long-term ideas for their schools.

"It was inspiring to hear from the deans and think about the future of all of Dartmouth. There's already a lot of collaboration that goes on across the schools, and there could be even more. We're uniquely situated to increase our cross-school collaboration because of the proximity of the schools. We have a big opportunity here and we know that these kinds of collaborations also benefit the undergraduate institution."

Liz Lempres '83 Th'84, Board of Trustees Chair

... The opening of the Center for Engineering and Computer Science in early 2022 will mean a doubling of the engineering school's footprint, says Thayer Dean Alexis Abramson. The new space will enable Thayer to grow its PhD and graduate programs, expand the school’s capacity for research in biotechnology and biofuels, and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation across engineering, computer science, energy, entrepreneurship, and the liberal arts.

"We are committed to continuous improvement in teaching and advising to ensure a rich, human-centered educational experience that attracts a broad audience. We will continue to embed more hands-on, real-world, project-based learning in our undergraduate courses, including a strong emphasis on design."

Alexis Abramson, Dean of Engineering

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