Welcome to the web home of the Office of Trustee Relations!
Here you will find resources, documents and materials to help you execute your duties as Trustee of a Public Higher Education Institution in the Commonwealth.
Massachusetts Public Higher Education Trustees are part of an inspired group of more than 260 individuals across the Commonwealth that have come together to ensure that high-quality public higher education remains accessible and affordable. We thank you for your service.
Trustee Responsibilities Overview
As a Trustee, your responsibilities are broadly stated as “responsible for establishing those policies necessary for the administrative management of personnel, staff services and the general business of the institution…” and are specifically defined in Massachusetts General Law Chapter 15A Section 22 .
While you are a Trustee of a specific Massachusetts institution, you are also part of a broader system working to ensure access and affordability across the Commonwealth.
“Massachusetts Public Higher Education is a SYSTEM with a distinguished past, increasing and measurable accomplishments and dedication to being recognized as having one of the nation’s most outstanding array of institutions. It comprises 15 community colleges, nine state universities and five campuses of the University of Massachusetts. The system exists to provide accessible, affordable, relevant and rigorous programs that adapt to meet changing individual and societal needs for education and employment. The public system is committed to continuous improvement and accountability in all aspects of teaching and learning. The Board of Higher Education, together with each respective Board of Trustees, expects all students, faculty and staff to be held to exacting standards in the performance of their roles and responsibilities.” —Mission Statement of the Massachusetts Public Higher Education System