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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 and 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.

Board Meetings
Date & Webcast Location Board Books Minutes
December 17, 2020 Subject to Call    
November 19, 2020 Board Office    
October 15, 2020 Board Office    
September 17, 2020 Board Retreat  
September 4, 2020 Special Meeting  
August 28, 2020 Special Meeting  
August 20, 2020 Board Office
July 31, 2020 Special Meeting  
July 16, 2020 Subject to Call    
June 18, 2020 Board Office
May 21, 2020 Board Office
April 16, 2020 Board Office
April 10, 2020 - Emergency Meeting Board Office  
March 19, 2020 Board Office
February 20, 2020 Board Office
February 10, 2020 Special Teleconference Meeting  
January 16, 2020 Board Office
December 19, 2019 Subject to Call    
November 21, 2019 Mississippi Valley State University
October 17, 2019 Board Office
October 2-3, 2019 University of Mississippi Medical Center  

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