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The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the constitutional governing body of the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning. Because of changes to the legislation regarding the appointment of Board members, "after January 1, 2004, as vacancies occur, the twelve-member Board shall be appointed from each of the three Mississippi Supreme Court districts until there are four members from each Supreme Court district. The terms of office are reduced from twelve years to nine years. The terms are staggered so that all members appointed after 2012 will have a term of nine years."

The Board Office, located in the Education and Research Center of Mississippi, is responsible for policy and financial oversight of the eight public institutions of higher learning.

The Commissioner of Higher Education is responsible for assisting the Board in the administration of the Board's policies and bylaws. Divisions of the Institutions of Higher Learning include academic and student affairs, real estate and facilities, finance, administration, research and planning, external relations, legal affairs, strategic research, government relations, and policy and strategic initiatives. The Board oversees degree-credit courses, research and public service activities and programs at the eight public universities, including The University of Mississippi Medical Center, The Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, 23 satellite centers, and various other locations throughout the state. Available programs range from a variety of undergraduate disciplines to most professional fields. All eight universities offer master's level programs, six have programs at the education specialist level and six offer doctoral-level programs.

2023 Board Meetings
Date & Webcast Location Board Books Minutes
January 19, 2023 Board Office Download  
February 16, 2023 Board Office    
March 23, 2023 The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus    
April 20, 2023 Board Office    
May 18, 2023 Board Office    
June 15, 2023 Board Office    
July 20, 2023 Subject to Call    
August 17, 2023 Board Office    
September 21, 2023 Board Office    
October 19, 2023 Alcorn State University    
November 16, 2023 Board Office    
December 21, 2023 Subject to Call    

Should committee meetings be held, they will most likely occur on the Wednesday prior to the posted Board meeting dates.

2022 Board Meetings
Date & Webcast Location Board Books Minutes
January 20, 2022 Board Office Download Download
February 17, 2022 Board Office Download Download
February 25, 2022 Special Meeting   Download
March 17, 2022 Meridian Download Download
March 31, 2022 Special Meeting   Download
April 21, 2022 Board Office Download Download
May 19, 2022 Board Office Download Download
June 16, 2022 Board Office Download Download
August 18, 2022 Board Office Download Download
September 15, 2022 Board Retreat Download Download
September 29, 2022 Special Meeting   Download
October 20, 2022 University of Mississippi Download Download
November 17, 2022 Board Office Download Download
December 8, 2022 Special Meeting   Download

Should committee meetings be held, they will most likely occur on the Wednesday prior to the posted Board meeting dates.