Harvard Forward is working to elect 5 recent graduates to the Board of Overseers, the highest democratically-elected body at the University. We believe the Board of Overseers must be more representative of our alumni and in tune with all Harvard affiliates.
The Board of Overseers "exerts broad influence over the University's strategic directions" and has the power to approve the President of University and new members of the Corporation. It is composed of 30 members, each serving six-year terms. All Overseers must be Harvard alumni.
FACTS & FIGURES
Last time the Board of Overseers was significantly restructured, immediately following the Civil War and 14 years before Radcliffe College was founded.
Average number of years since the current Overseers were Harvard students.
(Also the average age of the Harvard Forward candidates!)
Princeton became the first Ivy League school to incorporate recent alumni into its Board of Trustees. Today, many schools have instituted similar programs.
Five seats on the Board of Overseers are up for election each year. All Harvard alumni are eligible to vote, except for Corporation members and University employees. In addition to the candidate slate presented by the Harvard Alumni Association, any Harvard degree-holder can run by gathering petition signatures from 2,936 alumni by February 1. The election itself takes place from April 1 to mid-May, and results are announced at Commencement.
Agree that the Board needs to be more representative?