Board Appointments

Appointments to the University of Oregon Board of Trustees

Appointing members of the University of Oregon’s governing board, trustees, is the role of the governor of the state of Oregon. The governor makes a nomination, which must then be confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. It sounds a little daunting, but it is really quite simple!

Below is general information about the appointment process. Please contact the Board of Trustees’ office with any questions: or 541-346-3166.

What is a trustee?

Trustees—members of the UO’s governing board—are public officials who hold a fiduciary responsibility for the university. Fiduciary responsibility is often thought of as financial management, but it is much more than that. It is about overall management, oversight, and sustainability of the institution. Trustees are not compensated for their work on the board.

What positions are available for appointment?

Several current trustee terms end on June 30, 2021. This includes the student, staff, and faculty trustee positions as well as five at-large positions. Some of these individuals may seek reappointment; if you have any questions about specific positions or trustees, please contact the board office.  The next set of term expirations is June 30, 2023.

You can see individual trustee terms on the Meet the Trustees page. The Governor’s Executive Appointments website also maintains annual lists of anticipated term expirations.

How long are the terms for a trustee, and are there term limits?  

It depends on whether the position is an at-large position or one of the campus-based positions (the student, faculty, or staff trustee). At-large positions have four-year terms and the campus-based positions have two-year terms. Trustees may serve up to two full consecutive terms. If a trustee is appointed to fill a seat after the term as started, then that first appointment is considered a partial term (i.e., filling out the rest of another term).

How does one apply?

If you wish to apply, the executive appointments interest form is available on the governor’s boards and commissions website. The form, along with bio and resume are submitted to the governor’s office directly via If you have any questions about how to apply, Governor Brown’s executive appointments staff is available at that same email address.

What is the deadline to apply?

The deadline to apply can vary for any given appointment cycle. This is due to factors such as volume of appointments before the governor and legislative schedules. This website will have the latest information regarding any particular appointment window deadline as soon as the board’s office receives it from the governor’s staff. It is typically three to five months prior to a vacancy taking effect.

Thus, for anyone interested in applying for one of the terms that will begin July 1, 2021, we recommend—at this point—that you plan to submit materials no later than early March. The actual deadline could be earlier or later than that; this is an estimate based on prior years. Please check back here or email the board office ( for any updates.

Where can I get more information about serving on the board?

If you are a member of the campus community interested in the campus positions (faculty, student, or staff), please let us know and we can connect you with the individual currently serving in that role. They are all happy to talk to their peers and colleagues about the role. In addition, these trustees hold office hours each term. 

If you are interested in the at-large positions, we encourage you to contact the board office ( for more information.

Any other questions?

If you have questions about the Board of Trustees, responsibilities, meeting schedules, or general commitments, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Secretary at 541-346-3166 or at