Board of Governors Student Board Member

Each year in February, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges calls for nominations for one of the two student seats on the Board of Governors. A process of participatory governance guides the California Community Colleges and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges sets policy and provides guidance for the 73 districts and 116 colleges that constitute the system. Board members are appointed by the Governor and formally interact with state and federal officials and other state organizations.

Two students serve on the Board of Governors, serving staggered two-year terms. The governor makes these student appointments from a list of recommendations put forward by the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. 

Any student enrolled in a California community college with a minimum of five-semester units, or its equivalent, and enrolled in a community college at least one semester before their appointment may apply for the student position on the Board of Governors. More information about minimum and desired qualifications can be found in the nomination policy linked below.  

Candidates for nomination must submit an online application and current resumé.  A letter of support from the candidate’s local student body association is desirable.  

Nominees will be interviewed by an SSCCC Ad hoc committee in April with final selection by the SSCCC Board of Directors in May.  All candidates will be notified of the outcome of the nomination process.  More details about the timeline are listed in the nomination policy below. Thank you for your assistance in identifying worthy and qualified candidates. 


The application process for the Student Board of Governors member for the 2024 - 2026 term is now open. The following timeline is as follows:  

  • Application Opens - February 5, 2024
  • Applications Due - April 8, 2024
  • Applicants notified of qualifications and date and time of interview if applicable 
  • Applicants approved by the SSCCC Board of Directors