The University of Illinois Board of Trustees welcomes you! The Board of Trustees is honored to be able to serve the State of Illinois, and specifically the University of Illinois. Our diverse backgrounds, knowledge, and experiences enable us to better serve this great institution.
As the governing body of the University, the Board of Trustees exercises jurisdiction in all matters except those for which it has delegated authority to the President of the University, other officers, or agencies of the University.
The agendas and supporting materials, published before and updated after meetings, may include (and are not limited to): the meeting notice, the meeting agenda, minutes from the previous meeting, the materials for the agenda items, materials regarding presentations, and materials for reports if appropriate.
The public may request the opportunity to appear at a meeting before the Board of Trustees. Requests to appear before the Board must adhere to the policy and practice set forth by the Board of Trustees office.
The Budget Request for Operating and Capital Funds contains requests for incremental operating funds and for new capital appropriations for the University of Illinois for the requested fiscal year. These operating and capital requests reflect the University's highest priority budget needs, focusing on the University's mission of instruction, research, public service and economic development.
All purchases at the University of Illinois are made according to the provisions of the Illinois Procurement Code, the Procurement Rules of the Chief Procurement Officer for Public Institutions of Higher Education, and other applicable state and federal regulations.
Within the limits fixed by the constitution of the State of Illinois, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees exercises final authority over the University. The University of Illinois Statutes, General Rules and Bylaws help guide the University's policies and practice.
The Board approves modifications to the University of Illinois Statutes, which cover such areas as University administration, campus governance, organizational structure, academic freedom and tenure, research and publications, libraries, administrative staffing and student affairs and discipline.
The Board of Trustees approves the General Rules related to the organization of the University. Among the topics covered in the General Rules are the institution’s business organization, intellectual property, and terms of employment.
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees Bylaws have been written to provide guidance to the members of the Board about the conduct of all meetings. Attention has been given to flexibility in procedures and effort has been taken to avoid prescriptive direction.
Who We Are
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees consists of 13 members, 11 who have official votes. Nine are appointed by the Governor for terms of six years, and three student trustees (one from each university) are elected by referenda at their university for one-year terms.
What We Do
The Board of Trustees is the governing body at the University of Illinois. A founding member of the Big Ten, the University has locations in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield, Illinois. The Chair of the Board is Edward L. McMillan.
When We Meet
The Board of Trustees meets every other month, generally on a Thursday. The meeting locations are rotated through the three University of Illinois universities: Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield. The start time of the meeting depends on the location.