NEC’s Board of Trustees is a select group of supporters who advocate for NEC’s cultural and educational mission, objective, standing in the community, and general well being. The Board oversees the Administration, led by the President, as it establishes the mission for the institution, determines corresponding strategies and policies, and from time to time revises the long-range plan.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for governing the resources of the institution, including the evaluation and approval of an annual budget, the investment results of the endowment, fundraising successes and challenges, Trustee and Overseer nominations, and the academic results and standing of the institution. Trustees and Overseers serve jointly on standing and advisory committees devoted to broad areas of institutional support as well as to specific projects.

NEC Board of Trustees 2015–2016
Kennett F. Burnes, Chair
Thomas W. Blumenthal, Vice Chair and Treasurer
Peter C. Erichsen, Secretary
Thomas Novak, Interim President
Elected Trustees
Michael J. Anderson
Clinton J. Bajakian '87
Enid L. Beal
Thomas W. Blumenthal
Barbara de Bragança
Kennett F. Burnes
Peter C. Erichsen
Alan P. Ett ’78 M.M.
Corinne Ferguson
Timothy Fulham
Barbara W. Glauber
Eric A. Gray
Saj-nicole A. Joni
Justin Lindsey
John M. Loder
Thomas B. McGrath
Patrick M. Prevost
Peter Ross
Sally L. Rubin
Thurmond Smithgall '71
Michael Thonis
Frances Bolton Wilmerding
Joan H. Yogg
Ex Officio Trustee
Deborah Bennett Elfers ’82, Chair, Board of Overseers
Life Trustees
Joseph L. Bower
Carroll L. Cabot
Gene D. Dahmen
Stephen Friedlaender
Samuel L. Hayes III
Carol T. Henderson
John L. Hornor ’53, ’55 M.M., ’57 A.D.
Richard P. Morse
 Katharine M. Pell
Harold I. Pratt
David W. Scudder ’03 hon. D.M.
Wendy Shattuck ’75
Norton Q. Sloan
Prudence L. Steiner
James L. Terry ’93 hon. D.M.
Jack H. Vernon