Office Directory

Maureen S. Marsh

Secretary of the Board of Trustees
242 Garland Hall
The Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone: (410) 516-8132
Fax: (410) 516-6097

Patricia S. Bright

Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees
242 Garland Hall
The Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone: (410) 516-8132
Fax: (410) 516-6097

Sarah Schulman

Senior Administrative Coordinator, Board of Trustees
242 Garland Hall
The Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone: (410) 516-8132
Fax: (410) 516-6097

FAQ

May I nominate someone to become a trustee?
  • Yes. The Board of Trustees—specifically the Trusteeship, Nominations, and By-Laws Committee—welcomes suggestions of names to be considered for trusteeship from any individual or group connected with or interested in the university. This includes self-nominations. All nominations may be sent to BoardOffice@jhu.edu.

What is being a trustee like?
  • Serving on the Board of Trustees is an honor, but it is not honorary. The Johns Hopkins University Board is a working board that demands a substantial commitment from its volunteer members. On average, trustees devote anywhere between two and 10 hours a week to the university. Each trustee is expected to assign a high priority to the duties and responsibilities associated with trusteeship, and each trustee is expected at all times to understand and be guided by the university’s mission, traditions, and values.

Are students allowed to be trustees?
  • The by-laws of the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees do not allow current faculty, staff, or students to serve on the Board. Below is additional history related to this topic.

    In the 1970s, the Board of Trustees created the Young Trustee position, which placed one new Krieger School of Arts and Sciences or Whiting School of Engineering graduate on the Board to serve a four-year term. In 1977 and again in 1983, students from other academic divisions asked about having representation on the Board. Those questions led to further questions about the participation of other types of recently minted alumni from graduate and professional, as well as full-time and part-time, programs. These many questions and the desire to have more interaction with students led the Board to create the Committee on Student Life in the fall of 2010 and to eliminate the Young Trustee position.

    Presently, the Student Life Committee is now the primary vehicle in which students and the Board engage on a wide range of issues. Students from all academic divisions and levels are asked to join committee meetings and lunches as well as other events to provide information, perspective, and counsel on issues impacting student life. During the past few years, trustees have met with students from every JHU division on a variety of topics, including: athletics, the student experience, and civic engagement across the institution. Other recent engagement opportunities have included a SAIS Bologna student-trustee event and a dinner with undergraduate Homewood students.

How long do trustees serve?
  • A trustee term is six years. After completing one term, a trustee is eligible for election to one additional six-year term. In exceptional cases, a trustee who has served two six-year terms may serve one additional term.

How often do the trustees meet?
  • The Board meets as a whole four times a year. Trustees may meet in committee meetings and other working groups many more times throughout the year.

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