The University of Maine System is committed to educational excellence amongst its seven public universities. The Board of Trustees oversees the System in areas such as academic programs, faculty tenure, tuition rates and operating budgets.

The Board consists of 16 members, 15 of which are appointed by the Governor and approved by the Maine Legislature. The Maine Commissioner of Education serves as a member ex officio. Members are appointed for a five-year term and may be reappointed once. A student member of the Board is appointed for a single two-year term.

Communicating with the Board of Trustees

Citizen Comment at each Board Meeting:

The Board of Trustees will set aside time for citizen comment prior to the business agenda at each meeting. The Chair of the Board will establish time limits (usually three minutes per person) and determine any questions of appropriateness and relevancy.  Personnel decisions, collective bargaining issues, grievances, litigation and other areas excludable from public discussion under the Maine Freedom of Access Law shall not constitute appropriate matters for such input.  A person who wishes to speak during the citizen comment period should arrive prior to the meeting start time and sign up on a sheet provided, indicating name and topic of remarks.

Board of Trustees meetings are currently being held using Zoom technology instead of in-person meetings.  Therefore, individuals who wish to speak during Citizen Comment, are requested to submit their name and topic to the Board Office at by 5:00 pm on the Friday prior to each Board meeting.  The Board Office will provide the Board Chair the list of individuals who have requested to speak during citizen comment.

LIVE YouTube Streaming for Board of Trustees & Committee Meetings:

Click here for LIVE YouTube streaming of the Board of Trustees meetings

Cart captioning is available during the LIVE YouTube stream of Board meetings
Board of Trustees meetings are open to the public.


Board of Trustees Office contact information:

The Clerk of the Board, Ellen N. Doughty, administers all functions necessary to the conduct of its responsibilities.  Contact the Board of Trustees Office at:

University of Maine System
Board of Trustee Office
15 Estabrooke Drive, Orono, ME  04469


If you are unable to access any of the materials on this page, or if you require additional information, please contact the Board Office at or by phone at 207-581-5844 to discuss options for obtaining equally effective access to such materials. 

Boards of Visitors’ Links

Each of the seven universities has a Board of Visitors.  Each Board of Visitors consist of up to 20 members recommended by the campus presidents and confirmed by the Board of Trustees.  Membership should reflect the mission of the university and the region it serves.

Below are links to the Boards of Visitors information on the campus websites:

University of Maine

University of Maine at Augusta

University of Maine at Farmington

University of Maine at Fort Kent

University of Maine at Machias

University of Maine at Presque Isle

University of Southern Maine

Maine Law