Board of Trustees

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The Board of Trustees Endorses the Hiring of Female Faculty

On motion of Trustee Frank Lynch in 1918, the president of the College was allowed to hire female faculty members. The president was allowed to do so if, "it seems to the President of the College that better service can be secured by the employment of one or more women as instructors."

Date: May 11, 1918
The Board of Trustees Sells Lloyd Hall

On motion of Frank C. Bolser, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees was authorized to sell Lloyd Hall, the former women's dormitory. The Trustees wanted at least $5000 for the building.      

Date: February 26, 1915
Dickinson College Leases Metzger Hall

In 1914, on motion of Issac McCurley, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees secured the lease of Metzger College. Metzge College was to be the new dormitory for female students. The motion was seconded by Charles K. Zug.

Date: January 20, 1914
Female Students Petition the Board of Trustees for Better Living Conditions

On June 9, 1913, the Board of Trustees received a letter from the "girls of Lloyd Hall," demanding the Trustees acknowledge the poor conditions in which the women lived. In particular, the women mentioned the unsanitary conditions, the crowding, and the poor ventilation. Moreover, the women assert that the, "absence of fire escapes make Lloyd Hall a veritable death trap." The women asked that the building be renovated for the next school year.

Date: June 9, 1913
The Board of Trustees Discusses Turning South College into a Dormitory for Women

Following their decision not to abolish coeducation but rather to implement a quota on female students, the Board of Trustees discussed living arrangements for women on Dickinson's campus. The president of the College asked the Board of Trustees to turn South College into a dormitory for women. The president argued that Lloyd Hall was too small for the women of the college, many of whom had to find housing elsewhere. Thus, the Board of Trustees agreed and decided to renovate South College with a "moderate outlay of money."

Date: February 25, 1909
Report on the Possible Abolition of Coeducation at Dickinson College, 1909

On February 25, 1909 convened to discuss the system of coeducation and whether or not coeducation should be continued at Dickinson College. According to the committee, though men were ardently against coeducation at its onset in 1884, many male students are no longer "irritated" by the presence of women at Dickinson College. However, many male students and alumni were concerned that female students, "have won an altogether disproportionate share of College honors and prizes.

Date: February 25, 1909
The Board of Trustees Appoints a Committee to Investigate the Abolition of Coeducation at Dickinson College, 1908

In 1908, the Board of Trustees established a committee to investigate the "advisability of continuing the Co-education at Dickinson College and whether we should decrease or diminish the facilities accorded to women." Trustee C.H. Zug and H. C. King led the committee and were to present their findings at the next meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Date: February 12, 1908
Mary R. Burton Establishes Lloyd Hall, the First Women's Dormitory

In remembrance of Reverend J. R. Lloyd, Mary R. Burton donated $5,000 to Dickinson College in 1905. Burton requested that a portion of her donation go to the establishment of the first women's dormitory at Dickinson College. Moreover, she asked that the dormitory be named in honor of Reverend Lloyd.

Date: February 7, 1905
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On June 28, 1888, the Local Executive Committee was instructed to "make provisons for the ladies during the intervals between recitations." The motion was carried.

Date: June 28, 1888
Faculty to Admit Women to Dickinson College as "Cases Arise," 1884

On June 25, 1884, the Board of Trustees decided to leave the desicion of women's admission to the college with the faculty. The faculty were to decide whether women be admitted on a case by case basis.

Date: June 25, 1884