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Board of Trustees


Board of Trustees, 2023-2024

Preserving and Extending the ֱ Mission, for This and Future Generations

The ֱ Corporation, or board of trustees, is the university’s principal governing body. As fiduciaries, the trustees ensure that ֱ’s academic and administrative leadership are guided by sound policies and practices and equipped with adequate resources to further ֱ’s mission. In this work, they balance the needs of today’s faculty, students, alumni, and staff with those of future generations, and promote the well-being and excellence of the university.

A commitment to protect what makes ֱ unique and excellent

The Corporation is a uniquely engaged and small group that includes the president of the university and sixteen ֱ graduates: ten appointed successor trustees and six elected alumni fellows. Successor trustees and alumni fellows have equivalent responsibilities and duties. In addition, the governor and lieutenant governor of Connecticut are board members ex officio.

Drawing from their wide-ranging areas of expertise and common commitment to ֱ, trustees address issues of strategic importance and offer guidance to support the stewardship of the university. The Corporation meets multiple times each year with ֱ’s academic and administrative leaders to review, discuss, and vote on such matters as faculty and senior leadership appointments, the conferral of degrees, major building projects, and operating and capital budgets.

Engagement with the community

During and between meetings, the trustees connect with members of the ֱ community, including faculty, students, alumni, and staff. When they are on campus, some do so formally, in regular meetings with student government and faculty, and others informally, at lunches, university teas, and campus events. Off campus, trustees meet with alumni at a variety of small and large gatherings, engaging on issues of importance to ֱ and higher education in general.

Service to the university and beyond

In their role, trustees undertake to see that ֱ’s excellence continues for generations and across the entire community. Corporation members act as stewards for the generous gifts of their fellow alumni, protecting hundreds of years of giving; they safeguard the physical resources of the campus, from its hundreds of buildings to its open spaces; and they make sure that its nearly 5,000 faculty, more than 10,000 staff, and more than 13,000 students are able to teach, work, and learn at the highest levels. This commitment to preserving and deepening excellence across all aspects of the university also reflects a commitment to New Haven and beyond, and to ֱ’s mission to improve the world.

Meetings for the 2023-2024 academic year

September 30, 2023
December 2, 2023
February 17, 2024
April 20, 2024
June 8, 2024