How Trustees Are Selected
There are twenty Trustees: (i) the Principal of the Academy, (ii) sixteen Term Trustees and (iii) the President and two Vice Presidents of the General Alumni/ae Association.
The Principal is appointed by the Trustees. The Principal serves as a Trustee for the duration of his or her tenure as Principal.
The sixteen Term Trustees are elected by the Trustees. Term Trustees are alumni/ae of the Academy and serve a five-year term with the possibility of re-election to a second five-year term. The Committee on Trustees identifies, qualifies and nominates candidates to fill Trustee vacancies. The Committee identifies individuals with diverse backgrounds who can provide the perspective and judgment essential to the task of governing the Academy. The Committee considers the professional skills required by the Trustees at any given time (due to circumstances or a recent vacancy) and endeavors to identify candidates who can best serve these needs. The Committee also considers a candidate's personal skills, specifically their ability to work collaboratively with other Trustees. The Committee does not consider a candidate's financial resources in the nomination process.
The President and two Vice Presidents of the General Alumni/ae Association are elected by a vote of the General Alumni/ae Association's Board of Directors, and during their terms serve as Trustees, ex officio. The General Alumni/ae Association is the governing body for all alumni/ae activities, and its Board of Directors consists of fifteen directors elected by the alumni/ae body and approximately twelve appointed directors. The President and Vice President are elected to serve a two-year term with the possibility of re-election to a second two-year term.