The Board of Regents is the governing body of Eastern Michigan University. Its current format was created when the State of Michigan ratified a new constitution Jan. 6, 1964. The Board is comprised of eight regents who are appointed to eight-year terms by the governor.

"Other institutions of higher education established by law having authority to grant baccalaureate degrees shall each be governed by a board of control which shall be a body corporate. The board shall have general supervision of the institution and the control and direction of all expenditures from the institution's funds. It shall, as often as necessary, elect a president of the institution under its supervision. He shall be the principal executive officer of the institution and be ex-officio a member of the board without the right to vote. The board may elect one of its members or may designate the president to preside at board meetings. Each board of control shall consist of eight members who shall hold office for terms of eight years, not more than two of which shall expire in the same year, and who shall be appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Vacancies shall be filled in like manner." — Michigan Constitution of 1963 (ratified 1964), Article 8

December 13, 2019 Board Meeting

  • Dr. Harry Bowen was recognized for his 33 years of service as the voice of the Eastern Michigan University Marching Band. Pictured from left to right: President Jim Smith, Regent Dennis Beagen, Dr. David Woike, Dr. Harry Bowen, Dr. Chandler Wilson, and Professor Whitney Prince.

  • The EMU Men's Cross Country team was recognized for being the MAC Cross Country Champions. The Men's Cross Country team is pictured with President Jim Smith, Coach John Goodridge, Associate Athletic Director Dan McLean, Regent Mike Hawks, and Athletics Director, Scott Wetherbee.

  • The EMU Women's Cross Country team was recognized for being the MAC Cross Country Champions. The Women's Cross Country team is pictured with President Jim Smith, Associate Athletics Director Dan McLean, Coach Sue Parks, Athletics Director, Scott Wetherbee, Regent Mike Hawks, and Regent Alex Simpson.

  • The EMU Office of Campus and Community Writing, the Ypsilanti District Library, and 826michigan was recognized for launching the YpsiWrites initiative to support, engage, and connect writers in the Ypsilanti community.


April 23, 2019 Board Meeting

  • EMU President Jim Smith presents Russell Kavalhuna, President of Henry Ford College, a resolution highlighting Henry Ford's 80th Anniversary. Pictured with EMU President Jim Smith and President Kavalhuna is Regent Treder Lang.