Harvard University today announced the results of the annual election of new members to the Board of Overseers. The new Overseers were elected for six-year terms. They were chosen from a slate of eight candidates, who were nominated by a Harvard Alumni Association committee as prescribed by the election rules. Degree holders cast 27,725 ballots in the election.
The primary function of the Board of Overseers is to encourage the University to maintain the highest attainable standards as a place of learning.
Drawing on the diverse experience and expertise of its members, the board exerts broad influence over the University’s strategic direction, provides essential counsel to its leadership on priorities and plans, has the power of consent to certain actions, such as the election of members of the Harvard Corporation, and directs the visitation process by which a broad array of Harvard Schools and departments are periodically reviewed.