Alumni Trustee Nomination Process

The GWAA makes recommendations for alumni to fill vacancies among the five Alumni Trustees and two Recent Alumni Trustees that serve on the GW Board of Trustees. This year, the GWAA Nominations and Governance Committee is soliciting applications for one Recent Alumni Trustee position for a term beginning July 1, 2018.  Applications must be received on or before Sunday, October 29, 11:59 PM PST.

Recent Alumni Trustees are elected to the Board of Trustees for one term of four years and are not eligible to serve a second term.  According to GWAA guidelines, a candidate for Recent Alumni Trustee must be a “recent graduate,”  defined as an individual who graduated less than 5 1/2 years prior to the beginning of the term (i.e., graduated on or after January 1, 2013). 

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The ideal candidate for a position as a Recent Alumni Trustee: 

  • Will have a demonstrated commitment to the university and its alumni, through active involvement, which may include participation in alumni organizations recognized by the university including the GWAA or one of its constituent organizations;
  • Will have a demonstrated commitment to the university through appropriate philanthropic support; and
  • Will be distinguished through either volunteer or professional activities, which may include service and activity while a student at GW (this is especially relevant for Recent Alumni Trustee candidates).

The university’s goal is to seek a diverse pool of candidates to serve on the Board of Trustees who are of the highest integrity and demonstrate a strong commitment to the university.  All alumni that have earned a degree from the George Washington University or any institution which it has acquired including Mount Vernon College, Ben Franklin University and Corcoran College of Art + Design are eligible, provided that each candidate meets the trustee eligibility criteria as defined in the university bylaws: 

  • Persons shall be qualified to serve as trustees without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, place of residence, or membership in any class of category protected by applicable law.
  • With the exception of the president of the university, no person who is serving as an officer, faculty member, or employee of the university, or who is enrolled as a student of the university, shall be eligible to serve as a trustee.

The Board of Trustees typically holds four Board meetings each fiscal year (October, February, May, and June). The university bylaws require that each trustee attend in-person no less than four Board meetings every two fiscal years. The Board has also established a series of standing and special committees that meet throughout the year.