Western Washington University is governed by an eight-member Board of Trustees. Seven members are appointed by the governor of the State of Washington with the consent of the Senate for terms of six years, and one additional University student member, who is appointed annually by the governor for a one-year term. The Board appoints the President of the University and elects the principal officers of the Board for two-year terms. Current officers are: Karen Lee, Chair; Sue Sharpe, Vice Chair; Dick Thompson, Secretary.
Regular meetings of the Board are held on the first or second Thursday and Friday of every other month. Meetings begin at 3pm on Thursday and adjourn at 5pm. On Friday, meetings begin at 8am and adjourn at 12pm. All meetings are held in Old Main 340 on Western's campus, unless otherwise noted. All Regular Open Meetings are audiocast and can be heard by clicking onto the Audiocast link.