Candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible for becoming a trustee:
Be an alumni of Stanford University (defined as having a degree and/or having completed a minimum of three or more quarters in a degree-granting program)
Be sixty-nine years of age or younger when the term commences
Not be a current Stanford faculty member, staff member, or student
Currently, eligible trustee candidates are identified and selected through two separate channels—both of which are extremely competitive:
An internal Board of Trustees process. The majority of trustees are appointed this way.
A nomination process overseen by an independent group of alumni, the Alumni Committee on Trustee Nominations (ACTN). The ACTN process is managed by the Stanford Alumni Association and gives Stanford alumni the opportunity to nominate themselves for consideration. The ACTN identifies four candidates for election to six-year terms on the Board of Trustees.