Rutgers is America's eighth oldest institution of higher
education, chartered as a colonial college in 1766 and designated a land-grant
institution in 1864. The Board of Trustees was the governing body of the
university from the time of its founding as Queen's College in 1766 until the
university was reorganized under Chapter 61, Laws of 1956, as Rutgers, The
State University of New Jersey.
The 1956 act created the Board of Governors as the primary
governing body of the university with the Board of Trustees continuing in an
advisory capacity with certain fiduciary responsibilities. As part of its
compact with the state, Rutgers maintains autonomy in academic matters such as
programs of study, student-body composition, faculty hiring and promotion, and
labor negotiations. It also maintains control of its lands, endowments, and
Members of the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees are
distinguished volunteers drawn from New Jersey's business and policy leaders
and Rutgers alumni. They receive no monetary compensation, and their terms are
limited to no more than two six-year consecutive terms.
For more information about the governing boards of the
university and to view the membership listing, visit http://governingboards.rutgers.edu.