SHEEO Query RE laws requiring members of governing boards of institutions to be state residents

January 18, 2017

Members—The legislature in Virginia is considering a bill that would require the leaders (rectors, vice rectors, committee chairs) of its institutions’ governing boards to be state residents. 

1. Does your state require by law (statute or constitution) that members of governing boards of institutions be residents of the state?

2. Does your state permit nonresidents of the state to serve on governing boards of institutions?

3. If nonresidents may serve on governing boards of institutions, may they be officers of the board or chairs of committees?

4. Does your state by law require that some or all of the members of governing boards be both residents of the state and of a particular district or community within the state (e.g., representing the same areas as a Congressional district)?

State responses can be found here.