• 01.27.2016

GCU is governed by a Board of Trustees, whose members are chosen from among benefactors of the University, local church and business leaders, and interested laypeople. The Board is responsible for corporate-level decisions regarding the University, budgeting, hiring and approval of senior administrators, approval of new degree programs, expansion, etc.

The Board uses a standard committee structure, with a Chair, several Vice-Chairs, a Secretary, Treasurer, etc. The Board’s duties, outlined in the Board of Trustees Manual, include oversight of the vision and mission of the University, approval and implementation of budgets and GCU’s Strategic Plan, oversight of adherence to accreditation policies and standards, authorization of debt and of audits, approval of salaries and benefits, ensuring academic freedom, and so on. The Board Chair and other members of the committee have worked very closely with the President through the process of searching for new educational programs, leadership positions, school activities and decision making. In recent years, the board of directors has assumed an active role in governance through its executive committee, the Executive Academic Council.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing GCU’s adherence to accreditation standards of accrediting agencies to which GCU is related.

Board membership is, by rule, as diverse as possible. The Board fosters diversity by seeking Trustees who provide representation from varied gender, racial, religious, economic, ethnic, political, and geographic groups.