Board of Visitors
The current duties and responsibilities of the Board of Visitors are described in the board's by-laws and additional information about the Board of Visitors is available at its website www.wm.edu/bov. The Board of Visitors of William & Mary elect a Rector, Vice-Rector, and Secretary from its membership.
The charter of William & Mary named "the trustees and their successors as "the true, sole and undoubted Visitors and Governors of the said College for ever." The Board of Visitors, or Visitors and Governors, was required to have a minimum membership of eighteen, which was the size of the original group, but could be expanded to as many as twenty. A majority of the sitting board could elect their successors or fill vacancies from "The Principal and better sort of Inhabitants" of Virginia." (Godson 1993, 13)
In March 1960, the BOV was expanded from 11 to 15 members by Gov. Lindsay Almond, Jr. The expansion was justified because of the BOV's expanded responsibilities for the Colleges of William & Mary (the Richmond Professional Institute (what later became VCU), Richard Bland College, and Christopher Newport).