Each University within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has an 11-member Council of Trustees, which carries out Board of Governors' policies and deals with a variety of local issues. The Council must have at least two alumni members and one student representative. Members of the Council are appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania for a six-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The Chancellor is an ex-officio member of every individual university Council of Trustees in the State System.
The duties, responsibilities, and powers of West Chester University's Council of Trustees are set by Act 188. The Council meets at least five times a year and publishes an agenda prior to each meeting. Meetings are open to the public. The Council reflects the University's diverse population and possesses an array of professional expertise. Currently six members are alumni who provide a sense of University history and context.
The trustees are an active, valuable supporting force for West Chester University. The President frequently consults with trustees on University issues and initiatives important to the future success of the University. The Council of Trustees greatly assists with advancing the reputation of West Chester University and representing WCU throughout the state and nation.
In addition, the Council is part of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees, an organization created to provide training in identifying specific powers and duties, to maintain a balance of power among the Board of Governors, Councils of Trustees, and the administration of the University at the state and local levels, and to assure compliance with existing legislation. During the year, chairpersons of the Councils of Trustees meet with the Chancellor and other senior Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education staff.