Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Hampshire College.
At present, the Board has 29 members (the Bylaws allow for as many as 31 members), all of whom volunteer their time, energy, and financial resources on behalf of the College.
- 31% of Hampshire's trustees are people of color
- 52% are women
- 17% are elected by a constituency -- there are a faculty trustee, a student trustee, a student trustee alternate, a staff trustee, and two alumni trustees
- 59% are Hampshire alums
- 24% are current or past Hampshire parents
- 31% of trustees reside in New England, 21% are from the mid-Atlantic states, 10% live in the South, 3% are from the mid-West, 14% are from California, 3% are in the Pacific Northwest
- 10% of trustees are international, from Asia, South America, and Canada
The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the national organization for higher education governance and leadership, describes the role of a Board of Trustees as follows:
Trustees of independent colleges and universities are surrogates of the general public. They are responsible for acting on behalf of their fellow citizens and institutional founders as their individual consciences and best judgment dictate.
A governing Board’s fundamental responsibility is to chart the institution’s course and ensure that the institution has the resources it needs to fulfill its mission. The Board also has a unique fiduciary role in finance and budgeting, in endowment and investment management, and in preserving and expanding physical resources. In addition, the Board ordinarily is called on to participate in fundraising activities.
Specific responsibilities of the Board of Trustees include:
- Setting and clarifying the institution’s mission and purpose
- Appointing the president, supporting the president, and evaluating the president’s performance
- Supporting the institution’s engagement in sound strategic planning
- Reviewing and ensuring the quality of the institution’s educational and other programs
- Approving faculty appointments, reappointments, and promotions
- Conferring all honors and degrees
- Participating in fundraising
- Preserving academic freedom and institutional independence
- Relating the campus to the outside community and the outside community to the campus
- Assessing its own performance as a Board