Board of Trustees


Cor Prudentis Possidebit Scientiam:
"The wise heart seeks knowledge."

Emory University motto



SealThe Board of Trustees governs the university by establishing policy and exercising fiduciary responsibility for the long-term well-being of the institution. The board and its Executive Committee act on recommendations from board committees, university officers, and the University Senate.

By custom, several board positions are filled by active bishops of the United Methodist Church.

The board has been in existence since 1915. Until 1918, when a full board of 30 members was elected by the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, the petitioning incorporators served as an interim Board of Trustees.

Board Composition


  • Up to 45 active trustee positions
  • Serve six-year initial term; four-year renewable terms may follow

Trustees Emeriti

  • Trustees who serve at least one full term of six years
  • Trustees who attain the age of 70
  • By custom, if a bishop, after serving a full term, is retiring from the episcopacy
  • May attend board and committee meetings; do not vote