Trustees & Governance

Board of Trustees

Formal institutional governance and fiduciary responsibility for the University of Pennsylvania rest solely with its Board of Trustees.

Fisher Fine Arts Library exterior with multiple arched windows

The trustees delegate the responsibility for the day-to-day management of the University of Pennsylvania to the administration and, in particular, to the president. For this reason, one of the most important responsibilities of the trustees is the selection, retention, and replacement of the president. The trustees, however, seek to support and reinforce the administration in several ways. They serve as a bridge between the University and the world; on the one hand, interpreting the institution to the public, and on the other hand, bringing in experience and perceptions gained outside the University. The trustees provide leadership in the identification and development of financial resources. They oversee the University's relations with other institutions, the private sector, government bodies, and the media. In consultation with the president, the trustees determine the long-range allocation of resources, making decisions in the context of the needs and expectations of the University's constituencies and of society.


The primary work of the trustees is carried out by eleven committees: Academic Policy, Audit and Compliance, Budget and Finance, Compensation, Development, Facilities and Campus Planning, Honorary Degrees and Awards, Local, National, & Global Engagement, Nominating, and Student Life. An Executive Committee is empowered to act on behalf of the trustees between meetings of the full board, which are held in the winter, spring and fall. Minutes of the Executive Committee and full board meetings are available at the University Archives and Records Center. 

Please direct all trustee correspondence to the:

Office of the University Secretary
University of Pennsylvania
1 College Hall Room 211 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303

Office of the University Secretary 
1 College Hall, Room 211
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303

Phone (215) 898-7005
Fax (215) 898-0103

Campus Map