Board of Trustees Standing Committees

Member Responsibilities

Each April, the General Assembly elects 10 students to sit on 6 standing committees of the Duke University Board of Trustees (BOT). Any graduate or professional student can run for a position on the standing committee. The BOT meets 4 times a year, and the student representatives who attend these meetings contribute the graduate and professional student perspective to the highest governing body at Duke. 

For all committees, representatives are expected to:

  • Read through all materials in BOT packets.
  • Attend the 4 BOT meetings for the year (2-3 hours each).
  • Submit written reports following meetings.
  • When necessary, talk to students to get more perspective on the issues to be discussed.
  • Be proactive in bringing issues to the agenda for discussion and participate thoroughly in the conversation.

BOT Standing Committees 

Academic Affairs Committee

The Academic Affairs Committee oversees all activities that support the academic mission of the University, in coordination with the Medical Center Academic Affairs Committee and the Undergraduate Education Committee. The work of the Academic Affairs Committee includes the articulation of the academic mission of the University, enhancing the quality of the academic program, considering new academic programs and significant modifications in existing academic programs, fostering faculty development and other faculty priorities, all matters relating to the graduate and professional student experience (including academic, extra-curricular, and co-curricular affairs), promoting scholarly research, and overseeing strategic planning for the University and its constituent schools.

Business and Finance Committee

The Business and Finance Committee is responsible for safeguarding and monitoring the University’s financial stability and long-term economic health. The Committee serves as the Board’s principal forum for the consideration of matters relating to the University’s business operations, administration, budgeting, financing, financial reporting, and financial reserves. On a regular basis the Committee provides the Board with complete financial overviews of the University and recommends policies and procedures governing the funding of yearly operational plans and the financing of long-term capital needs.

Facilities & Environment Committee

The Facilities and Environment Committee is responsible for all planning, construction, maintenance, expansion, and renovation projects that impact the University’s consolidated infrastructure, physical facilities, and natural environment, including its lands, improvements, and capital equipment. Within parameters established by the Committee and approved by the Board, the Committee oversees capital projects; designs for projects; and certain capital projects of Duke University Health System, Inc.; the selection and appointment of architects, construction managers, and contractors for such projects; acquisition or disposition of property; and operation and maintenance projects of a certain magnitude. The Committee makes appropriate recommendations to the Board concerning the University’s Master Plan, buildings, grounds, roads, walkways, parking facilities, utilities, and environmental sustainability and policies relating thereto.

Institutional Advancement Committee

The Institutional Advancement Committee reviews, discusses, and, when appropriate and necessary, recommends action on important and substantive issues and proposals involving development, public affairs and government relations, community affairs, and alumni affairs. The Committee reviews and recommends University-wide policies and practices concerning philanthropic giving, fundraising initiatives, alumni programming, communications and media, government and public relations, and community affairs.

Medical Center Academic Affairs Committee

The Medical Center Academic Affairs Committee oversees all activities that support the academic mission of the Medical Center (defined as the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, and all academic institutes and programs affiliated with any of these schools), and makes recommendations on programs and policies of the Medical Center, including oversight of strategic planning for constituent schools and programs within the Medical Center.

Undergraduate Education Committee

The Undergraduate Education Committee is responsible for the academic, social, ethical, and personal development of undergraduate students. In coordination with the Academic Affairs Committee, the Undergraduate Education Committee oversees and recommends policies relating to the undergraduate experience, including academic studies; curriculum; residence life; student governance and activities; and the general physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being of undergraduate students.

Strategic Task Forces

The Board of Trustees also forms Strategic Task Forces on a case-by-case basis. View the list of current task forces here.

Apply for a Committee

A call for applications is distributed via the GPSC Newsletter in April.  Contact the GPSC President for more information.