Each spring, eligible Harvard degree holders may vote in the annual election for members of the University’s Board of Overseers. Drawing on the wide-ranging experience and expertise of its members, the Board of Overseers provides counsel to the University leadership on priorities, strategic directions, and plans, and has the power of consent to certain actions of the Corporation, the University’s other governing board.
Each year, after deliberations on a large pool of names submitted for consideration, a committee of alumni appointed by the Harvard Alumni Association generates a slate of candidates who appear on the spring ballot. The HAA nominating committee ordinarily presents eight candidates for five vacancies on the Board of Overseers. A prospective candidate for Overseer may also qualify for the ballot by petition. For a prospective petition candidate to qualify, a requisite number of eligible voters must submit signed forms in support of the prospective candidate’s appearance on the ballot. For more information on the petition process, please see here.
View more information about the 2017 elections, including a list of candidates for the Harvard Overseers and Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) elected directors.