Dartmouth Board of Trustees Elects Three New Alumni-Nominated Members
April 14, 2012 by Office of Public Affairs
The Dartmouth College Board of Trustees has elected Nathaniel C. Fick ’99, Richard H. Kimball ’78, and Benjamin F. Wilson ’73 as new members of the board following a nomination vote by Dartmouth's alumni. They will join the board on June 11, following Commencement ceremonies.
The Board of Trustees has ultimate responsibility for the financial, administrative, and academic affairs of the College, including long-range strategic planning, approving operating and capital budgets, managing the endowment, overseeing the educational program, leading fundraising efforts, setting tuition and fees, and approving major policy changes.
A total of 9,401 voters participated, approximately 14 percent of alumni. Fick received 7,915 votes, Kimball received 7,571 votes, and Wilson received 7,761 votes. Dartmouth alumni also chose new officers and executive committee members for the Association of Alumni. Voting took place both online and via paper ballot from March 14 through April 11, 2012.
The process was managed by the Association of Alumni Balloting Committee. The vote count was administered by TrueBallot Inc., (TBI), an independent election administration company that ensures the security, accuracy, and impartiality of association and other types of elections. TBI was contracted by the Association of Alumni and Dartmouth College to manage all balloting, ballot counting, and personal email reminders.
Stephen F. Mandel Jr. ’78, board chair, said, "My fellow board members and I are very pleased to welcome these three outstanding new trustees. Nate, Rick, and Ben bring tremendous enthusiasm, expertise, and dedication to their roles and we look forward to working with them.”
Background on New Trustees:
Nate Fick ’99
Nate Fick ’99 is chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security and an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. After Dartmouth, he served as a Marine Corps infantry officer in Afghanistan and Iraq, and wrote the bestselling book One Bullet Away about that experience. He is a director of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, which provides access to higher education for the children of service members killed in action. Nate serves Dartmouth on the Board of Visitors of the Rockefeller Center and is a frequent speaker on campus. While at Dartmouth, he won a U.S. National Championship title in cycling. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. Nate lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.
Rick Kimball ’78
Rick Kimball ’78 is a founding general partner of Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), one of the largest growth equity/venture capital funds in the world focused exclusively on information technology. Over the course of a 16-year history, TCV-backed companies have held 50 initial public offerings. He is a member of the Dartmouth President’s Leadership Council, Trustees’ Investment Committee, and College Fund Committee and also serves as class agent. Rick played a major role in supporting the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center project. At Dartmouth he was a member of SigEp and majored in history. He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. Rick is the son of John Kimball ’43. He is married with a daughter and son and lives in San Francisco.
Ben Wilson ’73
Ben Wilson ’73 is managing principal of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., the nation's largest environmental law firm. Ben litigates extensively in federal and state courts, and advises clients in complex business negotiations. He is lead counsel for major corporations and government agencies. Ben serves on the boards of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Environmental Law Institute. He is an adjunct professor at Howard University Law School and a graduate of Harvard Law School. At Dartmouth, Ben was vice president of his class and a member of the varsity football and track teams. After graduation, he founded a mentoring program to foster academic success by minority college students and has been active in fundraising activities. Ben's three brothers (Harrison ’77, John ’80, and Richard ’84) also attended Dartmouth.
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