Now is your opportunity to nominate an outstanding alumnus or alumna for a spot on the Yale Board of Trustees.

Each year, Yale alumni elect one fellow of the Yale Board of Trustees. While nominations for alumni fellow are open and accepted year-round, the deadline for consideration for this election cycle is September 10. Voting on the slate of candidates will be conducted in the spring, with the winner serving a six-year term on the board.

You can make your nomination today by filling out the YAA’s online nomination form.

“This is an opportunity for all alumni to help guide the future of the university,” said Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors Chair Nancy Stratford ’77.  “We count on alumni to nominate candidates with the vision and leadership to serve on the board.”

Candidates for election are chosen by a committee composed of Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors members and others in the university community. In selecting the slate of candidates, the nominating committee takes into account the make-up of the current university Board of Trustees and the broad scope of the university’s operations.

While discussions are confidential, the committee generally looks for candidates who have experience working with or in complex organizations and who are able to dedicate significant time and energy to the leadership role. The current board consists of those who have backgrounds in law, publishing, finance, education, medicine, and government and non-government organizations.

“Candidates for alumni fellow should be accomplished individuals with a capacity for consensus building,” said Stratford. “And the nominees should reflect the wonderful diversity of expertise, interests, and viewpoints of the alumni community itself, as articulated in the YAA’s mission and core values. I encourage all alumni to consider this when making recommendations.”

The Board of Trustees is Yale’s governing and policy-making body. The trustees ensure that the university’s academic and administrative leadership is guided by sound policies and practices, with the proper resources, to further Yale’s mission – all while balancing the needs of today’s faculty, students, alumni, and staff with those of future generations.

Alumni fellows must be holders of either a Yale bachelor's degree from 2013 or prior or another Yale degree conferred by the Board of Trustees.

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