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Brigham Young University. Board of Trustees

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1903-

Administrative History

The Brigham Young University Board of Trustees (est. 1903) is the highest administrative authority for Brigham Young University and acts as the final policy-making body of the University, holding the power to make all rules and regulations necessary for the government, continuance, and maintenance of the University.

The Board of Trustees may perform any action that they feel necessary and proper for the welfare and government of the institution, so long as their actions do not violate the law, the Articles of Incorporation or the Bylaws of the University. As such, the Board of Trustees has power to fill all vacancies in the University and final say in the hiring, promoting and dismissing of University faculty, set and determine the curriculum to be pursued at the University, sell or mortgage property, and to locate, change or modify buildings as they see fit.

When the University was created in 1903, it inherited the earlier structure for the Board of Trustees of the Brigham Young Academy. In this form, the Board consisted of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a few General Authorities of the Church, prominent local individuals, and descendants of Brigham Young. In 1939 the Board of Trustees was restructured by Heber J. Grant as part of a movement to streamline the LDS Church's educational programs and all members of the General Church Board of Education became members of the Board of Trustees. In this form, the Board exists today as the highest authoritative body of the Brigham Young University.

The Board of Trustees is presided over by the sitting President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the following have served as its presidents. Joseph F. Smith (1903-1918), Heber J. Grant (1918-1945), George Albert Smith (1945-1951), David O. McKay (1951-1970), Joseph Fielding Smith (1970-1972), Harold B. Lee (1972-1973), Spencer W. Kimball (1973-1985), Ezra Taft Benson (1985-1994), Howard W. Hunter (1994-1995), Gordon B. Hinckley (1995-2008), Thomas S. Monson (2008- ).

Citation

BYU organizational history, via WWW, April 1, 2013 (Brigham Young University Board of Trustees est. 1903, highest administrative authority for Brigham Young University, acts as the final policy-making body of the University, holding the power to make all rules and regulations necessary for the government, continuance, and maintenance of the University, may perform any action necessary and proper for the welfare and government of the institution, so long as their actions do not violate the law, the Articles of Incorporation or the Bylaws of the University, power to fill all vacancies in the University and final say in the hiring, promoting and dismissing of University faculty, set and determine the curriculum to be pursued at the University, sell or mortgage property, and to locate, change or modify buildings as they see fit, inherited the structure for the Board of Trustees of the Brigham Young Academy, consisted of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a few General Authorities of the Church, prominent local individuals, and descendants of Brigham Young, in 1939 the Board of Trustees was restructured by Heber J. Grant as part of a movement to streamline the LDS Church's educational programs and all members of the General Church Board of Education became members of the Board of Trustees, the Board exists today as the highest authoritative body of the Brigham Young University, presided over by the sitting President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph F. Smith (1903-1918), Heber J. Grant (1918-1945), George Albert Smith (1945-1951), David O. McKay (1951-1970), Joseph Fielding Smith (1970-1972), Harold B. Lee (1972-1973), Spencer W. Kimball (1973-1985), Ezra Taft Benson (1985-1994), Howard W. Hunter (1994-1995), Gordon B. Hinckley (1995-2008), Thomas S. Monson (2008- ))

Found in 28 Collections and/or Records:

Board of Trustees meeting minutes, 1986-2005

 Sub-Series — Carton: 2
Identifier: UA 5606 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains the meeting minutes of Brigham Young University's Board of Trustees from the Office of the General Counsel from 1986-2005.

Board of Trustees meeting minutes, 1954-1970

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1000 Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents note Contains bound copies of the minutes from Brigham Young University Board of Trustees meetings. Materials date from between 1954 and 1970.

Board of Trustees minutes, 1875-1985

 Series
Identifier: UA 6 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains minutes from meetings of the Board of Trustees. Includes records of administrative actions, including personnel decisions. Materials date from between 1875 and 1985.

Board of Trustees minutes, 2006-2009

 Series — Carton: 14
Identifier: UA 5514 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains minutes of the executive committee of the Board of Trustees, dating from between 2006 and 2009. Includes information on facilities, staffing, and policies of the university and the Church Educational System.

Board of Trustees minutes, 2002 January-June

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 1073 Series 2 Sub-Series 7 Sub-Series 19
Scope and Contents Contains materials related to the university's Board of Trustees. Materials date from between January and June 2002.

Board of Trustees minutes and agendas, 1996-2001

 Series
Identifier: UA 1073 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains minutes and agendas from Board of Trustees meetings.

Board of Trustees minutes and statistical reports, 1951-1972

 Series
Identifier: UA 6 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains minutes and statistics from the Board of Trustees. Also includes information on fund-raising activities. Materials date from between 1951 and 1972.

Board of Trustees records

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 89
Scope and Contents Typewritten reproduction of document concerning the incorporation of Brigham Young University, April 29, 1949.

Board of Trustees records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 146
Scope and Contents Certificates of sale and correspondence to and from Joseph B. Keeler concerning Brigham Young University lands sold to various individuals and the deeding of Brigham Young University lands to the Latter-day Saint Church, 1910-1919.

Board of Trustees records

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 148
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, reports, and minutes of meetings concerning theological controversy, faculty appointments, student awards, finances, athletics, and maintenance of buildings, 1907-1922.