Top 5 Things You Might Not Know about the Selim Center's Board of Advisors


The Selim Center’s Board of Advisors assures that the Center advances its mission, which is to inspire and sustain passion for lifelong learning in adults age 50 and older.  Since we regularly receive questions about our board, this week we’ll share with you the Top 5 Things You Might Not Know about the Selim Center’s Board of Advisors.

5.  The Board currently has 17 members (by charter it must have a minimum of five and no more than twenty members).  These persons represent a cross-section of our constituency, and include program participants, retired UST faculty, and current UST faculty.  The charter notes that “board membership consists of distinguished leaders from academic, corporate and other public sectors”, appointed for three year renewable terms.  Permanent members of the Board include the Center Director, Center Program Manager, the Center’s UST Development Gift Officer, and the UST Vice President for Academic Affairs.

4.  The Board promotes and supports the Center’s educational programs in a variety of ways.  One important way is their membership and contributions on the three working committees:  Development, Curriculum, and Marketing and Public Relations.  At these committee meetings, board members offer ideas, feedback and advice as relate to their respective committee responsibilities.

3.  The Board of Advisors supports the work of the Selim Center; while day-to-day operations are led by the Center’s Director, the Board works in partnership with UST staff to advance the Center’s mission and achieve its objectives.

2.  Board of Advisors members volunteer their time to serve on the Center’s board.  During the 2011-2012 school year, Board members contributed more than 200 hours of their time at meetings, assisting with various Center functions, and in other ways as requested by Center staff.

1. All Board of Advisors members have UST nametags that bear their name and their role as a Center board member.  They wear them to Center classes and functions and would welcome a chance to chat with you about the Center!

Author:  Susan Anderson-Benson, Center Program Manager


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