Washington University’s Board of Trustees is the chief governing body of Washington University in St. Louis.

The board is legally responsible for the institution, whose assets it holds in trust. Trustees must assure themselves that the institution is heading in the right direction and is well managed.

The Board of Trustees is made up of men and women from the corporate, professional, educational, governmental and volunteer sectors of the St. Louis community, nationwide and abroad. In addition, emeritus trustees are invited to attend meetings and serve on committees of the board.

The trustees of Washington University:

  • Appoint the chancellor
  • Review and approve or disapprove annual budgets
  • Review and approve or disapprove major capital expenditures
  • Make final decisions on awards of tenure and degrees, and on new degree programs
  • Oversee the management of the endowment
  • Oversee and participate in developmental programs
  • Take an interest in and support the university’s people and programs

Trustees exercise a policy and oversight role in contrast to the implementation and operational role of the administration, faculty and staff.

The board meets quarterly.