Board of Trustees

In 1974, the U.S. Congress established the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia to govern the University of the District of Columbia. The Board is a body of the District of Columbia government that has the authority to independently issue regulations governing the University, own and manage the property of the University, and represent the University in court. The Board hires the President of the University System.

The Trustees are charged with establishing and ensuring accreditation of the components of the University System, which at a minimum must include a liberal arts component, a vocational and technical component, and a school of law. They approve all majors and degree programs offered at the University, and set academic policies such as degree requirements and tuition and fees. In addition, the Trustees are responsible for setting UDC’s budget in conjunction with the Mayor and City Council.

The University’s and Board’s authorizing legislation is the Post-Secondary Education Reorganization Act of 1974 (D.C. Official Code §§ 38-1201.01 – 38-1204.07 (2001 ed.)).


Christopher Bell, Esq. - BOT Chair
Christopher Bell, Esq.

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Reginald M. Felton (Vice Chair) - BOT
Reginald M. Felton

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Major General Errol R Schwartz, U.S. Army (Ret.) (Treasurer)- BOT

Major General Errol R Schwartz,
U.S. Army (Ret.)

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Dr. Esther Barazzone (Secretary) - BOT
Dr. Esther Barazzone
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Jerome Shelton - BOT
Jerome Shelton
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Dr. Gabriela Lemus - BOT
Dr. Gabriela Lemus
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Jim W. Dyke Jr., Esq. - BOT
Jim W. Dyke Jr.Esq.
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Dr. Anthony C. Tardd - BOT
Dr. Anthony C. Tardd
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Dr. Elaine Crider - BOT
Dr. Elaine Crider
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Joshua S. Wyner - BOT
Joshua S. Wyner
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Barrington Scott - BOT
Barrington Scott
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Gwendolyn Hubbard Lewis - BOT
Gwendolyn Hubbard Lewis
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 The Honorable Charlene Drew Jarvis - BOT
The Honorable Charlene Drew Jarvis
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 Diandra Jackson (Student Representative) - BOT
Diandra Jackson
(Student Representative)

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Ronald F. Mason University of the District of Columbia President Ex-Officio - BOT
Ronald F. Mason
University of the District of Columbia President

Office of the Board of Trustees

Contact: phone 202.274.5700

Beverly Franklin, Board SecretaryBeverly Franklin, Executive Secretary
phone 202.274.6258  |   email

Upcoming Meetings
All meetings are held in Building 39, 3rd Floor Board Room