A Message from the Chair
It is my honor to serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bridgewater State University and to work with so many exemplary professionals who are dedicated to Bridgewater’s mission of providing the highest quality educational experience and opportunities to our students. As one of the state’s largest institutions of higher education, educating, serving and supporting more than 11,000 students each year, the Board of Trustees takes very seriously our responsibility to BSU’s students and families, faculty and staff, and the citizens and taxpayers of Massachusetts.
The Board of Trustees of Bridgewater State University is the institution’s governing body and is comprised of citizens from this region and state who volunteer their time to serve. The Board has fiduciary responsibility for the operation of the university, charged with reviewing and approving a range of academic and business matters, including the annual budget and student fees. The Board also appoints the president of the university and reviews the performance of the president and the university on an ongoing basis.
The Board consists of eleven members, all of whom (except a student member who is elected by the student body to a one-year term) are appointed by the Governor, with at least one member who is a BSU alumnus elected by the Alumni Association. Each member of the Board is elected to a five-year term and can serve for no more than two consecutive terms.
The full Board meets five times annually, and conducts its meetings in accordance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. We welcome your attendance at Board meetings. The Board has 11 standing committees – Executive; Academic and Student Affairs; Finance and Operations; Honorary Degree Advisory; University Advancement; External Affairs; Student Success and Diversity; University Safety and Security; Nominating; Presidential Review and Compensation; and Audit. These committees convene prior to each full Board meeting to consider and report out policy and action recommendations to the full Board.
Eugene J. Durgin, Jr.
The bylaws outline how the Board should be composed, when it should meet and how it should conduct business.