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Are college and university board members paid for their service?

No. While some campuses may reimburse their trustees for select expenses, college and university trustees are volunteers. As author John Nason explains in The Nature of Trusteeship: "The members of…governing boards constitute an extraordinary group of ...men and women who, without compensation, devote time, intelligence, emotional energy, and money to the welfare of the 3,250 postsecondary institutions for which they are responsible. Some are appointed by state or local officials, some by religious orders or denominations; some get elected by public vote and some are chosen by alumni associations; some are co-opted by self-perpetuating boards."

Nason, John W. <strong>The Nature of Trusteeship: The Role and Responsibilities of College and University Boards</strong>. Washington, D.C.: AGB, 1982.

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