Board Vacancies

The Board of Trustees is the University of Oregon’s governing body. Trustees are appointed and volunteer their service. Membership consists of 15 trustees: the university president, 11 at-large members, and three dedicated positions (one each from the faculty, staff, and student body).  On June 30, 2017, two of the dedicated positions—the faculty trustee and the staff trustee—will be vacated.  Below is some information on the vacancies and how interested faculty and staff may apply.

Who appoints members?

The governor of the state of Oregon is responsible for appointing members to the board, and also determines whether the campus positions are voting or not. The governor submits a nomination to the State Senate, which then votes to confirm the appointment.  

What positions need to be filled?

The faculty and staff trustee positions will both be vacant after this current term (expiring June 30, 2017).  Other trustees have terms which expire in 2017, but they are able to renew and the university will recommend reappointment.  (For more information about the role of university and board leadership in this process, please see this document.)

How long are terms?

At-large members are appointed to four year terms. The faculty, student and staff trustees are appointed to two-year terms.  All trustees may be appointed to two consecutive full terms.

What is the role of a faculty, staff or student trustee?

The faculty, staff and student body have the same fiduciary duties and responsibilities as other trustees to consider the best interests of the university.  While their role on and connection to campus provide an important perspective they are representatives from those groups, but they are not representatives of those groups. 

What do I do if I’m interested? 

If you are interested in becoming a trustee, a few points are below:

  • Please feel free to contact the UO Board of Trustees office (aka the Office of the Secretary) for more information on serving on the board, the appointment process, time commitments, etc.: 541-346-3166 or
  • You need to fill out an application with the governor’s office, available here.  Please note that the submission to the governor’s office also must include a bio, resume and statement of interest. 
  • You can read more about the appointments process in general on the governor’s executive appointments webpage here and the governor’s staff is available for questions at
  • The due date for applications is February 28, 2017.
  • Some campus organizations might choose to hold internal vetting processes through which they send recommendations to the governor.  These processes are not required for appointment.

When will appointments be made?

The schedule depends on the timing of the governor’s recommendation to the State Senate and the State Senate’s own schedule for confirmation.  The new trustees’ terms will take effect July 1, 2017.  The goal is to have appointments confirmed with plenty of time for onboarding and transitioning.

How can I learn more about the Board?

Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Secretary for any questions about the Board’s work, responsibilities, schedules, or general commitments.  The office can answer questions or put you in touch with current or past trustees. 541-346-3166 or