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The Board of Trustees is the oldest part of the University, having been established by Mr. Hopkins on August 24, 1867, when he filed a certificate of incorporation for “The Johns Hopkins University” and named the first 12 trustees.

As the University’s chief governing body, the Board of Trustees exercises fiduciary responsibility for advancing Johns Hopkins’ mission and goals in a sustainable manner, through wise stewardship of all of its resources for the common good and for generations to come. The Board holds a public trust: to guard the University’s integrity, to ensure that it fulfills the purposes for which it was established, and to preserve and augment its physical and financial assets.

For more information, you can read a complete overview of the Board of Trustees, learn about the full history of the board, or read the certificate of incorporation.