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, and 11 appointed members, one of whom is a non-voting student member.  The secretary of the University and chief of staff to the UT Board of Trustees is its principal staff liaison.