The Yale Corporation will convene today to discuss an agenda abbreviated so trustees can attend this weekend’s tercentennial events.
Yale President Richard Levin said that 90 percent of the trustees’ agenda, which is shrouded in secrecy, will be addressed today. Officials said discussion of the labor situation is likely given the expiration of major union contracts in January.
Yale College Dean Richard Brodhead said he will be actively involved in the meeting; his level of participation in a Corporation meeting depends on the agenda. Brodhead is often not present at the meetings, so his attendance may indicate a major development or announcement at the undergraduate level.
The trustees will attend the Yale Bowl extravaganza on Friday night and the lectures and academic convocations on Saturday. Levin said the trustees will be dispersed throughout the crowds, not seated at special daises at the weekend’s many events.
On Saturday, the Corporation will have lunch with former President Bill Clinton, LAW ’73 before he delivers his speech on Cross Campus. Levin would not reveal if they will eat in a restaurant or in Woodbridge Hall, where the Corporation typically convenes.
The trustees are not the only distinguished guests of the weekend. They will be joined by former Corporation members, members of the University Council, Association of Yale Alumni delegates and leaders of more than 70 universities.
Two new faces will be present at the boardroom table this weekend. Edward Bass ’68, a notable Yale donor, was elected a successor trustee on Sept. 5, and Theodore Shen ’66, a Wall Street veteran, was named an alumni trustee in June.
The meeting comes amid a recent show of support for untraditional candidate Rev. W. David Lee DIV ’93, who recently obtained more than 4,000 signatures and likely will appear on the next Corporation ballot. Lee, a local African-American pastor, is quite different from the other people who typically occupy the maroon leather seats at the Corporation table. Lee will score himself an elusive trustee position if his bid for a spot on the ballot is successful and he is elected by Yale graduates in the next election this spring.
The last major action by the Corporation came just a month ago, when it approved Yale’s $7.5 million financial aid package on Sept. 5.
This meeting replaces the annual retreat of the Corporation. Five of the six annual meetings are held on campus, but one of those meetings is usually held in a more countrified environment. Because of the tercentennial attraction, retreat plans were canceled.
Ten of the 16 trustees are appointed by a group of corporate trustees, and the remaining six trustees are selected by the alumni body and serve a six year term. Former Baltimore mayor Kurt Schmoke ’71 serves as the senior fellow.