Trustee Duties of Office

The Board of Trustees is the ultimate governing authority of the university.

The Board's responsibilities include:

  • Appointment of the president and establishment of conditions of employment for the president and key officers;
  • Review and approval of the university's mission and purposes, as well as proposed major changes in programs and major enterprises;
  • Approval of policies on faculty appointment, promotion, tenure, and dismissal;
  • Approval of the annual budget and tuition, and monitoring of the university's financial condition;
  • Authorization of new construction, renovation, and upkeep; and
  • Approval of all earned and honorary degrees.

The Board of Trustees of Tufts University is composed of Charter Trustees, who are appointed by the board, and Alumni Trustees, who are elected by alumni ballot. Alumni Trustees comprise 25 percent of the board. Other than the difference in the manner in which they become members of the board, all trustees are equal in responsibility and influence.

The following factors are taken into consideration by the Tufts University Alumni Association Nominating Committee regarding Alumni Trustee nominations:

  • Demonstrated prior commitment to Tufts University
  • Leadership in their own fields and/or other affiliations
  • Ability to raise funds for the university
  • Diversity (geography, field of expertise, age, gender, ethnicity)

Find out more about Tufts University's leadership positions.