The Vassar College Board of Trustees, or the Board, is the College’s principal governing body. The shared governance of Vassar College establishes the rights and responsibilities of the trustees and describes the organization and means of shared responsibility and distributed decision-making, consultation and advising that support and encourage fulfillment of the Mission Statement of the College. The Board delegates responsibility, with accountability, over operations of the College to the President, and, as to certain matters, to the faculty, the students and the alums. In doing so, the trustees ensure that Vassar’s academic and administrative leadership are guided by sound policies and practices and equipped with adequate resources to further Vassar’s mission.