Trustee Group Photo - Jan 2016

The trustees of Lawrence University are responsible for the stewardship and wellbeing of the institution Amos Lawrence called "a great and good work." Leadership from the Board supports the development of strategic initiatives and priorities, and also ensures the fiscal and operational health of the University through management of the institution's investments and oversight of its finances. The Board also keeps abreast of the rapidly changing higher-education sector and works collaboratively with the administration to plot a course for the future of Lawrence.

The Board consists of between 25 and 35 elected Term Trustees, 60 percent of whom must be alumni of the University, up to three Recent Graduate Trustees, and the President of the University. Each Term Trustee serves a three-year term and is eligible for reelection for four consecutive, full terms. Trustees who have reached a term limit may not be reelected to renew service before taking a one-year hiatus. Recent Graduate Trustees are eligible for a single three-year term, and may not be elected to Term Trustee status until completion of at least a one year hiatus. The chair of the Faculty Governance Committee and the presidents of the Lawrence University Community Council and the Lawrence University Alumni Association Board observe meetings of the Board of Trustees. 

Formal meetings of the Lawrence University Board of Trustees are held three times during the academic year; in the Fall, Winter and Spring Terms. Special meetings of the Board may be called at any time, and a number of committees meet between formal meetings as business requires.

Fall 2016 Meeting Summary

The Board of Trustees held its fall meeting from October 26-28 on the Lawrence University campus in Appleton, WI. Ahead of the meeting, the Board was provided with materials to prepare for conversations on campus. Included in the materials were administrative reports from the president’s cabinet and the observers representing the Faculty Governance Committee, the Lawrence University Community Council (LUCC) and Lawrence University Alumni Association (LUAA).

The meeting began with a reception and dinner with students on Wednesday, October 26. The topic of the discussion was the experience of international students at Lawrence University. The discussion included topics such as choosing to attend Lawrence, engaging in student organizations, and support for international students. International Student Services received high praise from the students, who also noted that there is always room for improvement, particularly in career support. In attendance were a number of students who hold passports from countries other than the US, committee chairs and the executive board, trustees, members of the president’s cabinet, and observers.

On the morning of October 28, the Board engaged in a diversity and inclusion workshop led by a facilitator from Jones & Associates, a firm specializing in institutional diversity and inclusion. Through a series of activities and active discussions, the Board considered its role (as a body and as individuals) in fostering an inclusive community at Lawrence.

During the meeting, reports were delivered from the President and the Chair of the Board, and the Board considered the results of the recently-conducted Board Self-Assessment survey, which is administered to trustees to evaluate the governance functions of the Board, and ways to continue improving effectiveness. The Board also reviewed the President’s priorities for the current academic year and provided feedback. The Subcommittee on Buildings and grounds discussed the need for additional student housing and strategic targets for the university’s age-of-facilities ratio. There was an update on capital campaign planning, and an update from an ad hoc committee charged with evaluating the university’s investment management. 

In the course of the meeting, the Board:

• Approved the election of John Ellerman ‘58 to trustee emeritus.
• Approved the granting of an honorary degree for Commencement 2017 (recipient TBA in early 2017).
• Approved the promotion of Beth Haines to the rank of Professor.
• Approved a special endowment draw to support capital campaign operations.

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for February 15-17, 2017 on the Lawrence University campus in Appleton, WI.

Upcoming Dates

Spring Board Meeting
May 17-19, 2017

August Committee Meetings
August 9-10, 2017

Fall Board Meeting
October 25-27, 2017

December Committee Meetings
December 4-5, 2017

Winter Board Meeting
February 14-16, 2018

Spring Board Meeting
May 16-18, 2018

August Committee Meetings
August 8-9, 2018

Fall Board Meeting
October 24-26, 2018

December Committee Meetings
December 3-4, 2018

Winter Board Meeting
February 13-15, 2019

Spring Board Meeting
May 15-17, 2019

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