In accordance with provisions of the Charter as amended most recently in 1991, the Board of Trustees of Amherst College consists of twenty-one members: the President of the College, as a member ex officio so long as he or she shall continue in office; fourteen members elected by the Board as Term Trustees, for six-year terms, and limited to two such successive terms; and six members chosen by the alumni of Amherst College for terms of six years each, in accordance with the regulations for the election of Trustees by the alumni as adopted by the Society of the Alumni and the Board of Trustees in July 1874 and subsequently modified by amendment.
There are two advisory committees to the Board of Trustees on which Faculty serve: the Advisory Committee on Term Trusteeship and the Advisory Committee on Honorary Degrees. (See Committees of the Board of Trustees)
There are four regular meetings of the Board, known as the Autumn, the Winter, the Spring and the Commencement meetings. Meetings of the Board take place in Amherst, but special meetings may be held at the call of the Chairman at any time or place that he or she designates. Nine members of the Board constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Full details concerning the officers, the duties, the standing committees, and the appointees of the Board are to be found in the Charter and By-Laws of the Trustees of Amherst College as adopted May 13, 1922, and as amended since. The By-Laws can be obtained from the Secretary of the Board of Trustees.