Role and FunctionOakland University derives its authority from Article VIII, Section 6, of the 1963 Constitution of the State of Michigan. The university was created under Public Act 1970, No. 35, effective July 1 (MCLA 390.151). The university is governed by an eight-member Board of Trustees appointed by the governor to serve eight-year terms. The Board of Trustees is a body corporate constituted as provided by law to exercise its constitutional powers and duties. The Board is charged with the general supervision of the university, including control and direction of all expenditures from the institution's funds. The Board elects from its membership a chair and vice chair who may serve up to two years in each position. The Board also appoints the university president as well as the secretary to the board and treasurer.