The two self-perpetuating governing boards of the college, the Board of Trustees and the Board of Overseers, are ultimately responsible for the governance of the college. Their central goal is to support and improve the means by which the college achieves its academic objectives.

The Board of Trustees

The corporate concerns of Whitman College are vested in the Board of Trustees, consisting of up to 18 members who hold office for four-year periods. The board is empowered by charter to hold all properties and to exercise all powers, but it may delegate to the Board of Overseers certain express powers. For a list of members, see the Trustees Governing Boards website at

Corporate Name

The corporate name of the institution is the Board of Trustees of Whitman College.

The Board of Overseers

The Board of Overseers consists of approximately 60 regularly elected members.

The Board of Overseers has the authority to exercise any power and perform functions delegated to it by the Board of Trustees, and to “take such measures as they shall deem necessary” for the development of the traditions and specific purposes of the college. The Board of Overseers has one annual meeting as well as smaller committee meetings each year. For a list of members, see the Overseers Governing Boards website at