BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Board of Trustees makes all major decisions at Princeton, including whether or not the university should divest from fossil fuels. There are 38 trustees plus the President of the University and the Governor of New Jersey who are Ex officio (the people in those 2 roles are automatically trustees). Although they wield a great deal of power, there is minimal information about each trustee on the university website. (To learn more about how the Board is structured please visit our page The Process.)
- 39 trustees are alumni
- 17 trustees currently work or have worked in finance
- 12 trustees are currently serving their second term
- 10 trustees have conflicts of interest in relation to the fossil fuel industry; there may be others
- 10 trustees are the parents of current students or recent graduates
- 7 trustees manage large investment funds whose holdings are not made public
- 6 trustees are also on the Board of PRINCO
- 4 trustees are Young Alumni Trustees chosen by juniors, seniors and the 2 most recent graduating classes via a process that does not allow them to speak freely
- 1 trustee is/has been on the board of organizations which actively promote climate denial and disinformation
To see a profile and links for each trustee, click on their image. Information is from public sources and may be incomplete. For example, many large donations are made to the university anonymously. We welcome corrections and new information. Photos from the Princeton University website.
Power Map of Princeton's Board of Trustees
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Speak Freely: Restoring Democracy in Young Alumni Trustee Elections
We are calling on Princeton University to reform the election process for Young Alumni Trustees (YAT) in their election to the highest decision-making body at the University. As the Daily Princetonian Editorial Board recently pointed out, students have the right to hear from and about the candidates they are voting for, as in any other election.
The Office of Alumni Engagement should provide:
- Materials that will inform the electorate of what the YAT position entails.
- Up to 400-word uncensored statements in which primary candidates describe themselves, their reasons for running, and their opinions on University issues.
- A virtual town hall to give the electorate an opportunity to meet candidates and ask questions.
Such reforms will benefit Princeton and increase young Princetonians’ engagement with the University. In the absence of these reforms, we pledge to boycott the Young Alumni Trustee election.Democracy does not work when candidates are not able to speak freely.