Cornell is one of relatively few institutions in the nation allowing the campus community to directly elect constituent members to its highest governing body.

Students (alternating between undergraduate and a graduate or professional student) are elected to serve two-year terms, while faculty and staff are elected for four year terms, all as full voting members on the Board of Trustees. The Trustee Nominating Committee oversees elections for student and employee elected trustee positions.

Student, Staff and Faculty Elected Trustees

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University Charter and Charge to the Committee

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Faculty-Elected Trustee Elections

The Office of the Assemblies partners with the Trustee Nominating Commitee to support the election of two faculty trustees.

Staff-Elected Trustee Elections

The staff community directly elects a full voting member to the Board of Trustees to serve a two-year term.

Student-Elected Trustee Elections (Graduate/Professional)

The graduate and professional Student-Elected Trustee is elected in the spring of even years for a two-year term.