Schedule of Board Meetings
Friday, September 29 – Saturday, September 30, 2023
Friday, February 9 – Saturday, February 10, 2024
Friday, May 17 – Saturday, May 18, 2024 (in tandem with Commencement)
Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October 1, 2022
Thursday, February 2 – Saturday, February 4, 2023
Thursday, May 18 – Saturday, May 20, 2023 (in tandem with Commencement)
Thursday, September 30 - Saturday, October 2, 2021
**50th Anniversary Celebration Friday, October 15 - Saturday, October 16, 2021**
Thursday, February 3 - Saturday, February 5, 2022
Thursday, May 19 - Saturday, May 21, 2022 (in tandem with Commencement)
The Hampshire Board of Trustees meets at least three times each fiscal year, in the months of September, February, and May (the May meeting is the Annual Meeting and takes place in conjunction with commencement). Meetings are typically held on the Hampshire College campus in Amherst, Massachusetts, although, on occasion, the location may vary to accommodate trustees who must travel from afar. Meetings are also sometimes convened by conference call to handle time-sensitive business. Trustees should plan to be in attendance from 9 a.m. on Thursday through noon on Saturday. The Board’s committees each meet between six and twelve times a year, depending on the nature of the work at hand. Meetings are typically an hour in length and participation is by conference call; committees also often meet in person in advance of the Board meeting. Trustees serve on two or three Board committees at any given time.
Trustees are expected to make every effort to attend board meetings, although it is understood that sometimes this is not possible. There are no provisions to participate by telephone or video conference. A Board Book is issued ten days in advance of meetings to allow time for review and preparation.
Trustees may also be asked to serve on ad hoc committees when needed (for example, search committees or advisory groups).
Travel and Accommodations
Hampshire's practice with regard to trustee travel to and from meetings is to leave it to the discretion of each individual about what is feasible and desirable given their personal circumstances. Some trustees pay their own way (in which case they may claim a charitable tax deduction and/or choose to submit receipts for gift credit as a contribution to the College); others request reimbursement for travel.
Hampshire provides ground transportation, lodging, and meals for trustees once they are in the area.