The Board of Fellows consists of hundreds of nationally or professionally prominent people who lend their expertise and advice to Brandeis, serve on many Brandeis advisory boards, act as goodwill ambassadors, recruit for the University, fund raise, and provide gifts to the University. Fellows are elected by the Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms which may be renewed. The Fellows was founded in 1951 to act as Brandeis' "foster alumni." Its first member was Dr. Selman Waksman and its first chairman was Frank Weil. Other significant members have included Joan Crawford, Oscar Handlin, and Senators Abraham Ribicoff and Howard Metzenbaum. The Fellows hold a number of events, meetings, and programs, including their annual meeting held at Brandeis during commencement weekend.