Board of Trustees

In accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth and regulations enacted by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the composition, duties and powers of the Salem State University Board of Trustees are articulated within the university's bylaws. The board is charged with the fiduciary management of the institution, including determination of fees, establishment of personnel management policy, staff services, and the general business of the institution. Among its responsibilities, the board elects the president with the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, adopts an annual plan of financial operation, awards degrees in approved fields, and develops the mission statement for the university consistent with the mission of the Commonwealth's system of public higher education.

The board of trustees consists of 11 voting members. Nine trustees are appointed by the governor for five-year terms, renewable once; one alumni trustee is elected by the alumni association for a single five-year term; and a student trustee is elected by the student body for one year.

Regular meetings of the full board are held four times annually and are open to the public with the exception of executive sessions. Committees of the board convene prior to each open meeting and on an as-needed basis. The board currently has five standing committees: executive, academic affairs and student life, risk management and audit, finance and facilities, institutional advancement, marketing and communications. Meetings usually take place on the Salem State University campus.

Members of the 2015-2016 Salem State University Board of Trustees are:  

  • Paul Mattera, chair
  • Alyce Davis '75, vice chair 
  • David Abdoo '97
  • Teresa J. Chisholm
  • Aboubacar "Sidi" Diarra
  • John J. Burns '81
  • Rob Lutts
  • Oscar F. Malcolm
  • Pamela C. Scott
  • Jacob S. Segal
  • Diane T. Stringer