There are eight members of the board appointed by the governor to eight-year terms. A schedule of board formal sessions may be obtained from the office of the secretary to the board.
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Western Michigan University. It derives its powers from the Constitution of the State of Michigan (1963, Article VIII, Sec. 6), Enrolled House Bill No. 54 (72nd Legislature, Second Extra Session of 1963), and Enrolled Senate Bill No. 30 (75th Legislature, 1969).
Formal session dates
Most board meetings are held on campus at the Bernhard Center. Starting times and information about meeting agenda will be released shortly before the scheduled dates:
- December 8
Proposed dates for the 2016-17 academic year
- Thursday, Jan. 22
- Wednesday, Feb. 17—proposed retreat
- Wednesday, March 23
- Wednesday, April 20
- Tuesday, June 7
- Tuesday, July 12
- Wednesday, Oct. 5
- Tuesday, Dec. 13