Board Appointments

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

What positions are available for appointment?

There are no vacancies anticipated until July 2021. At that time, we anticipate the student, staff, and faculty positions to be up for appointment, as well as some at-large seats. More information about those will be available on this site by October 2020.

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How long are the terms for a trustee?

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.

Are there term limits?

Trustees may serve up to two full consecutive terms. If a trustee is appointed to fill a mid-term vacancy, that initial appointment is considered a partial term (i.e., filling out the rest of another term).

How do I know when a position will be open?

This website will be updated several months before any term is scheduled to end, or as soon as we know about a mid-term vacancy. You can also see individual trustee terms on the Meet the Trustees page. The Governor’s Executive Appointments website also maintains annual lists of anticipated term expirations and vacancies.

How does one apply?

If you wish to apply, the executive appointments interest form is available on her website. The form, along with a statement of interest and a 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 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 form the governor’s staff.  It is typically three to five months prior to a vacancy taking effect.

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