HENRY DUNSTER (1609-1659), HARVARD'S FIRST PRESIDENT


Book on Early Harvard History and Henry Dunster

A book about Henry Dunster and early Harvard history is now available.
It is titled America's Oldest Corporation and First CEO:  Harvard and Henry Dunster (2008) and is available from Amazon, Buy Books on the Web, or by writing to: A. J. Melnick, PO Box 5501, Falmouth, VA 22403 U.S.A. The price is $15.00 postage paid and autographed if ordered directly from the author.

 

Besides being a fascinating review of early Harvard and American colonial history, this book looks at Henry Dunster's major contributions - especially his key role in establishing America's first corporation, the Harvard Corporation (otherwise known as "The President and Fellows of Harvard College," or, simply, "the Corporation"). Along with the Board of Overseers, it is the main body that still runs Harvard today. The essential corporate structure that Dunster set in place in 1650 has survived, more or less as he envisioned it, to the present day. On December 6, 2010, Harvard announced plans to expand the Corporation - this was the first such structural change in more than 300 years.

Henry Dunster also brought Harvard through a period of great financial difficulty and hardship, providing lessons for us today on sacrificial leadership and how to creatively manage economic assets in less than ideal circumstances.

This book also looks at the enduring and highly successful principles of leadership and corporate governance that Dunster laid down, which helped establish a tradition of excellence at Harvard and can serve as a guide for those who govern corporations and other organizations today.