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Board of Trustees

General oversight of the institution.

The Board of Trustees of Northwestern University establishes policies for the governance of the University and is responsible for general oversight of the management of the institution. The major responsibilities of the Board include:

  1. advancement of the University;
  2. protection and enhancement of assets;
  3. preservation of institutional integrity;
  4. Board/President relations; and
  5. functioning of the Board.

Much of the work of the Board of Trustees is done in committees. The Board has the following standing committees, as dictated by the Bylaws of the University: Academic Affairs; Alumni Relations and Development; Audit, Risk, and Compliance; Compensation; Educational Properties; Executive; Finance; Governance and Nominations; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Investment; Northwestern Medicine; and Student Life.

The University's governing documents are available below:

The Board of Trustees statements regarding investment responsibility are available below:

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