Unlike President Connie Book, Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley and other administrators at the university, the Board of Trustees rarely faces the public. The board is composed of Elon graduates, donors and other important members of the surrounding community and nation who pool their thoughts and resources in an effort to further the university’s commitments and goals. 

From reviewing the Boldly Elon Strategic plan initiative to approving the annual budget, the board dictates how Elon students receive their education, makes decisions for the university as a whole and appoints a new president for the university when the time comes. 

To become a trustee, the Board of Trustees Governance and Nominating Committee — a group of at least three trustees — receive recommendations from current board members and others to fill vacant seats on the board.