The Board of Trustees, composed of up to 50 elected members, is responsible for and is the final authority on all aspects of the university's operations.

The specific functions of the Board of Trustees are reflected by the standing committees of the Board: Academy; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Executive; Institutional Advancement; Investment; Resources; Risk Management & Audit; Student Life; and Nominating and Governance. 

The Board of Trustees selects the president of the university, who is responsible solely to the board. In addition to the members, the board also includes four faculty and three student representatives. Ex officio members include the chair of the Fellows, the president of the Brandeis National Committee, the president of the Alumni Association and the president of the Faculty Senate.

The officers of the board include chair, vice chairs, treasurer and secretary. The Board of Trustees began in 1947 with George Alpert as its first chair.


2024 Honorary Degree Recipients

Photo Credit: Dan Holmes

May 1, 2024

WALTHAM, Mass. - Documentarian Ken Burns, women's rights advocate Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Rabbi David Ellenson, z"l, alumnus and civil rights leader Roy DeBerry, and higher education trailblazer Ruth Simmons will receive honorary degrees.