About Oberlin

Leadership and Administration

Leadership and Administration

Photo credit Gregory Pendolino
Photo credit Gregory Pendolino

The Oberlin College Board of Trustees is the governing body of the college. As a strategic board, the trustees' principal focus is on achieving the mission and major goals of the college, as identified by the Strategic Plan. The board has 34 members. The board elects 24 trustees, alumni elect six trustees, and three trustees are elected from each of the three most recently graduated classes. The president of the college serves as a trustee, ex officio.

Marvin Krislov is Oberlin's 14th president. He serves as chief executive officer of the college and is responsible for providing general supervision over all affairs of the college. The president also serves as an ex officio member of the board and the executive committee. The president may attend any meeting of any committee or body subordinate to the board (but without vote unless made a member of such body or committee). The president also is ex officio chair of the General Faculty and all subordinate faculties. 

The general counsel and secretary is the chief legal officer of the college and serves as the liaison to the board and its committees. The position also serves as an informational resource for the board and advises the president and board chair on matters of governance and policy practice. In addition to handling and advising on all legal matters of the college, the general counsel and secretary works closely with college administrators, faculty, and students to identify and fulfill needs for proactive education on applicable legal requirements.

Members of the senior administration include deans, vice presidents, the general counsel and secretary, and assistants to the president, who oversee the various administrative and curricular branches of the college.

The General Faculty, made up of certain administrators and all Oberlin faculty members, is responsible for the internal management of the college through elected and non-elected subcommittees.

Learn more about college leadership and administration at the How Oberlin Works website.

Visit the website of the Office of the President.

Visit the website of the Office of the Secretary.