Dartmouth Picks New President
Apr. 07, 1998
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) _ After a six-month nationwide search, Dartmouth College trustees have picked one of their own to be the Ivy League school's 16th president in 228 years.
Provost James Wright, 58, was named Monday to succeed James Freedman on Aug. 1. Freedman will become a teacher after 11 years as president.
Wright, who has written or edited five books, came to Dartmouth in 1969, became a full history professor in 1980 and served two terms as dean of faculty. He was acting president in 1995 before he became provost last year.
He spearheaded a revamping of the curriculum and wrote a report on residential life.
Wright emphasized his vision of Dartmouth as a research community that also ``attaches the highest priority on learning.''
He also touched on tolerance, perhaps referring to confrontations among students in the last 15 years over such issues as anti-Semitism and South African segregation.
He said Dartmouth should be a community ``that does not tolerate the harming of others.'' He said he also strongly supported affirmative action.