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?

At this time there is no active appointment process open. There are some trustee terms anticipated to end in June 2023. Some of these individuals will be eligible for reappointment. In addition, the non-faculty staff position may be up for appointment during the 2021-2022 academic year. This site will be updated when more is known.

Are any appointments pending?

Currently there are eight individuals who have been nominated by the governor and who are awaiting senate confirmation. If confirmed, their terms would begin on July 1, 2021. More information is available here.

How long are the terms for a trustee?

At-large positions have four-year terms and the campus-based positions (student, faculty, non-faculty staff) 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. 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 the governor’s website. The form, along with a bio and resume, are submitted to the governor’s office directly for consideration (send to: If you have any questions about how to apply, Governor Brown’s executive appointments staff is available at that same email address. The Board of Trustees’ staff is also happy to answer any questions or help; just email

What is the deadline to apply?

The deadline to apply varies 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 from 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