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Board of Trustees

Identifier: 01-MWalB00007A

Scope and Contents

Files in this collection were created from 1946 through recent years. Materials include minutes of Board meetings, memos, reports, budget statements, correspondence, photographs, directories, and programs to special events. The materials pertain to general administrative information, including bylaws of the Board and financial reports concerning the University. Other files include special events and the work of various committees of the Board, particularly the Academic Affairs Committee and the Presidential Search Committee. Many reports and memos were written to or from the university President and senior staff. Some material in the Administrative Series were the personal copies of Clarence Berger. He worked closely with the Board of Trustees in his various senior positions including Dean of Administration and Executive Vice President from 1948 through 1973.


  • 1946-2007

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is restricted; please consult the University Archivist. Executive Committee minutes, Honorary Degree Committee minutes, and Nominating Committee minutes are RESTRICTED; access to these and other restricted materials will be reviewed by the President's Office on a case by case basis. Permission to use restricted materials must be obtained from the Assistant Secretary of the Corporation, Office of the Board of Trustees.

Biographical / Historical

The Board of Trustees is authorized to have up to fifty members who are responsible for and are the final authority on all aspects of the University's operations. The specific functions of the Board of Trustees are reflected by the standing committees of the Board: Academic Affairs; Audit; Budget and Finance; Development; Executive; Honorary Degrees; Investment; Health Services; Nominating; Personnel, Compensation and Ethics; Physical Facilities; and Student Affairs.

The Board of Trustees selects the president of the University who is responsible solely to the Board. In addition to the members, the Board also includes four faculty and three student representatives. Ex officio members include the chair of the Fellows, the president of the National Women's Committee, and the president of the Alumni Association. The officers of the Board include the Chair, Vice-Chairs, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Board of Trustees began in 1947 with George Alpert as its first Chair. Prominent trustees have included Leonard Bernstein and Eleanor Roosevelt.


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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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