The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere, the Harvard Corporation – known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College – is the University’s executive board. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers.
Significant matters of educational and institutional policy are also brought before the President and Fellows by the President and Deans.
Board of Overseers
The Board of Overseers is elected by graduates of Harvard and Radcliffe. Through its Standing and Visiting Committees, the Board is informed about educational policies and practices of the University and provides advice to, and approves important actions of, the Corporation. Both the Corporation and Overseers must approve major teaching and administrative appointments.