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.

Spring 2016 Meeting Summary

The Board of Trustees held its spring meeting from May 18-20 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, May 18. The topic of the discussion was student leadership at Lawrence and the role of the Lawrence University Community Council in shared governance. Conversation centered on the role of student government and how to articulate that to peers as well as the challenges and rewarding aspects of student leadership on campus. In attendance were LUCC class representatives, committee chairs and the executive board, trustees, members of the president’s cabinet, and observers.

During the meeting, reports were delivered from the President and the Chair of the Board, and the Board discussed institutional priorities for the coming academic year, was updated on personnel searches underway, considered the pace of change at the university and continued the conversation on campus climate. The group also discussed aspects of planning, which is already underway, for Lawrence’s next capital campaign. These discussions included all trustees present, the president’s cabinet and Board observers.

The spring meeting of the Board is considered the annual meeting, when new trustees, recent graduate trustees and officers are elected, term trustees are renewed, non-trustee committee members are appointed and board operational documents requiring amendments are updated. The Board also celebrates retiring trustees (those who have reached their term limits or are leaving the board for other reasons) for their service to Lawrence. This year, John Ellerman and David Knapp reached term limits and will leave the Board effective June 30, 2016.

In the course of the meeting, the Board:

• Approved the promotion of Karen Leigh-Post to the rank of Professor
• Elected three new Term Trustees: William Hochkammer ’66, John Huber ’84
and Cory Nettles ‘92
• Elected a new Recent Graduate Trustee: Tamika Franklin ‘05
• Elected Board officers: Susan K. Kane ‘72, chair; David C. Blowers ‘82, vice chair,
Dale R. Schuh ‘70, secretary
• Approved the Fiscal Year 2017 budget
• Approved the charge for a new Advisory Committee on Public Affairs

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for October 26-28, 2016 on the Lawrence University campus in Appleton, WI.

Upcoming Dates

Fall Board Meeting
October 26-28, 2016


December Committee Meetings
December 5-6, 2016


Winter Board Meeting
February 15-17, 2017


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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