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 26-member board is comprised of both five ex officio and 21 appointed members. Appointed seats include one voting and one nonvoting faculty, one voting and one nonvoting student, and 17 congressional district and county representatives.

The governor serves as an ex officio voting member of the board and, by election, as chair. Both the chair and vice chair are elected at the annual meeting and serve for two-year terms. Other ex officio members include the president of the University, the Commissioner of Agriculture and the Commissioner of Education for the State of Tennessee, and the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (a nonvoting seat).

The University’s general counsel is its chief legal officer, responsible for providing all legal advice and representation for the university-wide system.

The secretary of the University and chief of staff to the UT Board of Trustees is responsible for providing all legal advice and representation for the Board and is its principal staff liaison.

Standing committees of the Board include: Academic Affairs and Student Success, Advancement and Public Affairs, Audit, Executive and Compensation, Finance and Administration, Trusteeship, and Research, Outreach, and Economic Development. The president serves as a voting member of the board and as a non-voting member of all committees, except the Audit Committee.