Board of Trustees Group Photo - Oct 2017

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 2017 Meeting Summary

The Board of Trustees held its spring meeting from May 17-19 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 17. Seniors preparing to graduate in June shared the topics of their Chandler Senior Experience research projects. It was noted that the relationship between the Chandler Senior Experience and Freshman Studies programs offered a great balance in shaping a unique liberal arts education. Students agreed that the opportunity to combine intellectual and personal interests and complete a piece of formal writing that will help form decisions about future endeavors were great strengths of their Senior Experience research, despite varying experiences across departments. In attendance were seniors from both the college and the conservatory, 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 followed by a discussion of the Strategic Plan Refresh, which will shape university priorities through at least 2022, and pertinent data from the most recent Fact Book. Topics included retention, graduation, and the university’s financial resources. The Board specifically discussed the need for continued dialogue in closing the projected budget shortfall. The Academic and Student Affairs Committee provided an update on how Lawrence is preparing for reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. There was an update on the comprehensive campaign from and the approval of the 2017-18 budget.

In the course of the meeting, the Board:

• Approved the election of the Officers of the Board.
• Approved the election of Derrell Acon ’11 as a Recent Graduate Trustee.
• Approved the election of Lydia Howarth ’75 as a Term Trustee.
• Approved the election of David Knapp ‘ 89 as a Term Trustee.
• Approved the election of Sara Quandt ’73 as a Term Trustee.
• Approved the promotion of Andrew Mast to the rank of Professor.
• Approved the promotion of Lifongo Vetinde to the rank of Professor.
• Approved revisions to the Investment Committee Charge.
• Approved the Corporate Resolution.

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for October 25-27, 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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