Dear Harvard Degree Holders:
I urge you to vote in this year's Board of Overseers election. Through your vote, you can contribute your voice to the governance of the University at an exciting time for Harvard.
Harvard is unusual among American private universities in giving its degree holders the authority to elect members of its Board of Overseers. The Board, first organized in 1642, plays a significant role in Harvard governance—helping to shape the University’s agenda, assessing and making recommendations about the quality and direction of Harvard’s wide-ranging programs of education and research, and consenting to certain major actions, including the selection of new members of the Harvard Corporation. Please take advantage of this opportunity to help influence the University’s future by voting for the Overseer candidates of your choice.
The pamphlet you will receive contains information about thirteen candidates for Overseer. Eight of the candidates have been proposed by the Harvard Alumni Association Nominating Committee. Five candidates were nominated by petition, and are so identified. In addition to biographies of the candidates, the pamphlet includes a description of the nomination and election procedures, a listing of the current Overseers, and an outline of the duties of the Board of Overseers. The order of the candidates in each category is determined by lot.
All ballots must be received by noon, May 20, 2016. By voting, you can show your support for Harvard and your commitment to its future.
Karen Nelson Moore
President of the Board of Overseers