In the past few days Dartmouth alumnus Stephen Smith (’88) has announced his candidacy for the trustee position that will be filled next spring. Steve’s Web site is here, with pages devoted to his story, his biography, and his positions on the issues facing the college. Steve’s immediate task is to collect five hundred signed petitions supporting his candidacy by Feb. 1 (see his petition page here). Please consider printing out the petition form available on his site, signing it on his behalf and sending it in as soon as possible.
I met Steve a couple of weeks ago and was extremely impressed. He is a remakable man. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone quite like him. He is his own man. He would bring great strength of character and intellect to the Dartmouth board. Here is his story:
The path that took me to Hanover almost a quarter of a century ago was anything but ordinary. I grew up in the inner city of Washington, D.C. My mother, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, raised my three siblings and me on her own, relying on public assistance. A black kid growing up on welfare in a broken home