Harvard's Governing Boards
President and Fellows (Harvard Corporation)
The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards. Read more about the Harvard Corporation and its current members.
Board of Overseers
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 directions, provides essential counsel to the University’s leadership on priorities and plans, has the power of consent to certain actions such as the election of Corporation members, and directs the visitation process by which a broad array of Harvard schools and departments are periodically reviewed. Members of the Board of Overseers are elected by Harvard degree holders. Read more about the Board of Overseers and its current members.