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Alumni- and Class-elected Trustees

Alumni-elected trustees hold six of the 34 positions on Oberlin’s Board of Trustees. Under normal circumstances, one trustee is elected each year to a term of six years. Service as an alumni-elected trustee is limited to two terms, although an alumni-elected trustee can be selected by the Board of Trustees to serve additional terms. One member of each graduating class is elected class trustee by their own classmates, the class prior to them, and the class after them (i.e., the class trustee from the class of 2009 is elected by vote of the classes of 2008, 2009, and 2010). Each class trustee is elected for a term of three years.

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.