Letter from the President of the Board of Overseers

Dear Harvard Degree Holders:

You are entitled to participate in the University’s annual election for members of the Board of Overseers. I urge you to vote.

The installation of President Larry Bacow last October marked the start of a new era for the University—an era in which Harvard, like higher education generally, is facing many challenges and opportunities. By voting, you can participate in selecting those who will help guide Harvard forward.

Harvard is unusual among private universities in authorizing its degree holders to elect members of its Board of Overseers. Formally organized in the mid-seventeenth century, the Board plays a significant role in Harvard governance—it helps to shape the University’s agenda; it assesses and makes recommendations about the quality and direction of Harvard’s wide-ranging programs of education and research; and it consents to certain major actions, including the selection of new members of the Harvard Corporation.

This year, in addition to the traditional mail-in ballots, Harvard is pleased to introduce an online voting option, which we hope many of you will pursue as an alternative to voting by mail. You will receive instructions on how to vote online through emails sent by Election Services Corporation, which Harvard has retained to administer the election.

To be counted, all ballots, paper or electronic, must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT, May 21, 2019. Please take advantage of this opportunity to help influence the University’s future by voting for the Overseer candidates of your choice.


Susan L. Carney
President of the
Board of Overseers