Black Women Hold Top Dartmouth Leadership Positions

As Dartmouth approaches its 250th anniversary, four black women have taken on significant new leadership roles at the College.

Chair of the Board of Trustees Laurel J. Richie ’81, Vice President for Alumni Relations Cheryl Bascomb ’82, and President of the Alumni Council Adrienne “Tee” Lotson ’82 are each the first African-American woman to hold their respective position, and together they bring decades of experience within and outside of higher education to Dartmouth.   

“Dartmouth has long believed that a diversity of perspectives leads to the best outcomes,” says President Philip J. Hanlon ’77, “and having these three powerful voices at the table will be instrumental in helping to shape the future of our institution as an ongoing force for good in the world.”

In addition, Monik Walters '19, a geography and African-American studies double major, is the first black female Student Assembly president in Dartmouth’s history. 

Their contributions to Dartmouth and to the alumni experience are already making an impact.

The accession to key leadership roles by Richie, Bascomb, and Lotson were profiled recently in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. 

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