The University of Montevallo Board of Trustees is the governing body of the institution. As provided by the Code of Alabama, the UM Board of Trustees is comprised of the following members:
- The governor of Alabama, who is president ex officio of the Board
- The state superintendent of education, ex officio
- Eleven other trustees (one from each congressional district and others from the state at large). Trustees are appointed by the governor and approved by the Alabama Senate. They serve staggered terms of 12 years, with the Board divided into three classes, as nearly equal as possible, in order that one third may be appointed quadrennially.
- A student trustee, ex officio, recommended by the UM Student Government Association.
Duties of the UM Board of Trustees include selection of a president, approval of the budget, the securing of adequate financial resources, the establishment of broad institutional policy, and support of the administrative and educational functions of the institution and those officers and employees responsible for them.
Members of the University of Montevallo Board of Trustees meet once per quarter in the Merrill Room on the first floor of Reynolds Hall. Meetings usually begin at 1:45 p.m. Special or called meetings may be scheduled as necessary.
The six trustees’ committees meet at least annually at various locations on campus.
Board meetings and committee meetings are posted on the Secretary of State’s website in accordance with the Alabama Open Meetings Act.
All meetings are open to the public.