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Trustee Search Committee (Alumni)

Trustee Search Committee (Alumni)

The Trustee Search Committee identifies alumni to stand for a graduate-wide election conducted each fall to choose an alumni-elected member of the Board of Trustees. The committee is charged with selecting the names of two or three alumni to be presented to the members of the Alumni Association as candidates for the position of alumni-elected member of the Board of Trustees. The committee usually meets during Alumni Council weekend and one other weekend in December.

Criteria for Alumni-Elected Trustee Candidates

The candidate must hold an Oberlin College degree, earned or honorary (as required by Oberlin College Bylaws), and must be able to serve a full six-year term on the Board of Trustees.

Candidates also should:

  • understand and be dedicated to Oberlin’s ideals, objectives, and institutional traditions; support the unique partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music;
  • be committed to the value of a liberal education in arts and sciences in a complex and changing world and to the training of professional musicians at the undergraduate level;
  • possess a notable reputation in their profession or area of endeavor;
  • have the expertise and competence to make sound decisions for the College;
  • demonstrate a readiness to make a significant commitment of time and to make available or have access to resources—human, financial, and material—on behalf of Oberlin during tenure on the board;
  • be willing to represent alumni interests and concerns in board deliberations. (Alumni-elected trustees technically do not represent and are not accountable to the Alumni Association. However, they serve as an avenue for alumni concerns to be conveyed to the Board of Trustees and are asked to report regularly to the association.);
  • enhance the diversity of perspectives represented on the board;
  • be persons whose presence contributes to a strong, working Board of Trustees; and
  • have a record of service to and financial support for Oberlin College.