The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the University of Tennessee, overseeing the educational and operational activities of the statewide University system. The 12-member board is comprised of 1 ex officio member, who is the Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Tennessee, 10 members appointed by the Governor, and 1 non-voting student member appointed by the Board. The Secretary of the University is ex officio the Secretary of the Board and its principal staff liaison.