Governance and The Board of Trustees

The statutes of the State of North Carolina provide for the organization and administration of a community college system under the direction of the State Board of Community Colleges.

The 21-member board has full authority to adopt all policies, regulations, and standards it deems necessary for the operation of the system. Members of the State Board are appointed by the governor and the General Assembly. The State Board has three major functions: equitable distribution of funds and fiscal accountability; establishing and maintaining state priorities; and educational program approval and accountability.

Durham Technical Community College is governed by a Board of Trustees. Four members of the Board are appointed by the governor, four are appointed by the Durham County Board of Commissioners, four are appointed by the Durham Public Schools Board of Education, and two are appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners. Trustees serve four-year terms and set local policy for the college. A representative of the College’s Student Senate also serves as a non-voting member of the Board. The Board is governed by a set of bylaws.

To contact the Board of Trustees, email

All Board of Trustees meetings (regular or special) include a period of up to fifteen (15) minutes for public comment. Persons who wish to provide public comment shall notify the Board Chair of the intent to speak at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of regular meetings or at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of special meetings. Each person will have a total of up to three (3) minutes to speak. Each person shall speak and submit written comments concurrently to the Board Chair at the meeting. To request the opportunity for public comment, email the Chair of the board at

View the meeting calendar, recent board meeting minutes, or committees and chairs.

Meet the Board of Trustees.