A university’s Board of Directors is responsible for the fiduciary
viability of the institution. Board members are not paid for their
expertise. At a small university like John Carroll, the Board of
Directors is primarily composed of people who have no experience working
in higher education.
Because Board members are selected for their willingness to donate large sums of money to the university, they tend to be high-ranking business executives. At John Carroll, the University’s President and a small number of Jesuits are also on the Board.
Unlike faculty at many other universities, faculty at John Carroll have no representation on the Board of Directors, although some faculty members will occasionally be on other university committees with some Board members. It is commonplace for Board members to have little understanding of how a university operates on a day-to-day basis.