Hardin-Simmons has four boards that each operate for a different purpose. The members who serve on these boards are committed to enhancing the misson of this university- to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.
The policy-making board for the university is composed of 36 members. Board membership involves an especially close partnership with the administrative leadership of the university. This Board makes necessary bylaws changes, grants tenure and promotions of faculty, approves the annual budget and the annual audit, confers degrees, and does, performs, or delegates all necessary acts to carry into effect the objects of the university.
Among these, the Board establishes general admissions policies, determines the size and character of the student body, and approves the number and types of degrees and the number and nature of departments, programs, schools, and colleges through which the curriculum is delivered.
The regular meetings of the Trustees are held semiannually during each year in October and February or as near there to as practical.
- The faculty are entrusted with the responsibilities for the curriculum;
- The administration bears responsibility for day-to-day leadership and management of the institution.
The trustees are custodians of the university’s mission. Trustees affirm and maintain the mission and purpose of the institution by setting policy, hiring and evaluating the president, and appraising the overall performance of the institute
The Board of Development supports the University by awarding student scholarships under its control and by promoting awareness, interest, and financial support for the University. The Board consists of friends, exes, and alumni who desire to support the University. Members serve three-year terms and may serve three consecutive terms before rotating off the Board for a period of at least one year. The Vice President for Development acts as the administrative officer for the Board. The Board meets as a whole two weekends a year (at Homecoming and again in spring).
Is a 75 members (max) all under the age of 40. They exist to assist HSU in student recruiting, fund-raising, and alumni involvement, all for the betterment of the school. Members are expected to donate yearly (no specific amount is required) and to be proactive in their Board involvement. The Board as a whole meets two weekends a year (actually, Friday early evening until mid-afternoon on Saturday). Committees concept ideas that, once approved by university leadership, can be developed and implemented with a minimum of university support. Committees are expected to “meet” two to three times each semester, either in person or via some other means.
The governing body for the Alumni Association meets regularly and assists in structuring alumni-related programming. This working board of 21 members (max) represents a wide variety of demographics. They meet 6-8 times a year, usually on campus. Each member is integral to the Board’s success. All HSU students become members of the Alumni Association upon graduation. Former students may become members simply by request. All Association members receive the Range Rider and other Alumni Relations mailings. The Alumni Association Board, in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations, seeks to communicate with alumni and to provide avenues for alumni to continue and further their relationship with HSU and with others among the 20,000 alumni throughout the world.
The Academic Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the overall academic programs of the university by providing grants to university programs and projects that have a lasting impact and raise the academic standards of the university.
The Cowboy Band Foundation provides support to the Cowboy Band through financial means and involvement in band activities.
The School of Music Foundation assists the dean and faculty in promoting the growth and excellence of the School of Music and Fine Arts through student recruitment, special events, and financial support.