Dartmouth Alumni To Appeal To NH Supreme Court

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Seven Dartmouth College alumni whose lawsuit over the makeup of the school’s board of trustees was dismissed plan to appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

The alumni have challenged Dartmouth’s expansion of the board from 18 trustees to 26, increasing the number the board could appoint. Alumni argued that they should have the right to elect an equal number of trustees.

Grafton County Superior Court Judge Timothy Vaughn ruled in January that the alumni lacked standing in the 2008 case and couldn’t pursue claims that had already been dismissed in an earlier lawsuit, in 2007.

Their lawyer, Eugene M. Van Loan, said Tuesday that he plans to file an appeal with the state Supreme Court by the end of the week.

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