Emeriti board members are those who have completed their official term on the board but who have been elected to serve in an ongoing, non-voting capacity. Approximately 28 percent of public boards, as compared to 80 percent of boards of independent institutions, reported that they have one or more emeriti board members. Of those board members with emeritus status, all public and nearly all independents (97.3 percent) reported the emeriti were non-voting members (Table 40).
The special status as an emeritus board member is less typically offered in association with public boards. Nearly two thirds (66.4 percent) reported that they do not offer any board members this special status once their term on the board is complete. Just over half (52.4 percent) of boards of independent institutions reported that not many or very few are offered this status (Table 41).