Board of Trustees

As the College’s chief governing body, the Board of Trustees exercises fiduciary responsibilities for advancing the mission and goals of Hood College and wise stewardship of all resources to facilitate student success and the well-being of every member of the Hood community.

Through the exercise of its powers and responsibilities, the Board is entrusted to preserve the integrity of the College, to ensure that it fulfills the purposes for which it was established, and to preserve and augment its assets. More information regarding the Board’s responsibilities can be found in their bylaws.

The Board of Trustees delegate responsibility for the day-to-day management of the College to the administration and, in particular, to the president. For this reason, one of the most important responsibilities of the trustees is the selection, support and regular evaluation of the president.

The Board is permitted to have up to 35 trustees who serve for up to eight years, and strives to include alumni representation of not less than 60% of the Board. All board members are volunteers, who give generously of their time, talent and treasure to Hood College. Each member serves as an ambassador for the College by assisting in student recruitment, promoting its brand to external constituents, and cultivating new benefactors and strategic partnerships. 

The Board meets three times a year, usually in October, March and June as a whole to discuss and make decisions on strategic issues related to the long-term success of the College. Such activities include developing, approving and monitoring strategic plans, leading and contributing significantly to capital campaigns, budget oversight, managing the College’s physical assets and facility planning, setting tuition and fees, approving faculty tenure and promotions, and conferring of degrees and trustee appointments. The Board is comprised of seven committees and three subcommittees which oversee designated areas of Board responsibility, in addition to those actions taken by the Board as a whole.

Most Board committees meet in person during the board meetings, but some meet virtually as well.