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About the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is custodian of the endowment and all properties of Stanford University. The board administers the invested funds, sets the annual budget and determines policies for operation and control of the university. Additionally, the board has the power to appoint the president of the university.

In a typical year, the board may make decisions on issues such as strategic allocation of resources, land use, academic programs, housing and other facility planning, regulatory responsibilities, federal and public support of education, community relations, diversity and inclusion, audit and financial controls, and fundraising planning.


  • Trustees report spending more than 20 days per year engaged in board responsibilities.
  • The board meets five times per academic year (additional special sessions may be called). In-person attendance at every Board of Trustees meeting is expected and travel/lodging is at the expense of the trustee.
  • Trustees serve on board committees and may be asked to serve on university, school, institute/center or departmental committees or panels.
  • Trustees may be asked to represent Stanford on an ad hoc basis, and are encouraged to participate in alumni and development activities when needed.
  • By law, trustees are responsible for all university decisions carried out in their name.
  • Trustees must have a serious commitment to, and interest in, the work of the university.


  • Board membership is limited to 38 trustees.

See the complete list of current trustees
See the official eligibility rules

The Stanford Board of Trustees


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