The Board of Trustees of Montgomery College is the institution’s legal governing body and is comprised of citizens of Montgomery County who volunteer their time to serve. The Board derives its authority from Title 16 of the Education Article of the Annotated Code of The Public General Laws of Maryland, which provides the legal basis for the control and administration of Maryland’s community colleges. The Board conducts its meetings in accordance with the Maryland Open Meetings Act using the Robert's Rules of Order for the parliamentary procedure of meetings.
The Board of Trustees exercises general control over the College. It is empowered to establish the salaries and tenure of the president, faculty and other employees; to acquire and dispose of property; to arrange for cooperative use of facilities with the Board of Education; to apply for and receive gifts and grants; to establish entrance requirements and approve offerings consisting of two-year transfer programs, career/technical programs, and continuing education programs; to set student tuition and fees; to sue and be sued; and to solicit bids and make contracts. The Board is also authorized to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with duly elected bargaining agents of College faculty and staff.
The Board consists of ten members, all of whom (except the student member, who is appointed to a one-year term) are appointed to staggered six-year terms. All Board members have full voting rights. The College President serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board.
A Nominating Committee of five Montgomery County residents appointed by the County Executive (two persons), the County Council (two persons), and the Montgomery College Alumni Association (one person) solicits recommendations to fill vacancies on the Board of Trustees. The Committee forwards the names of at least two, but not more than four selected candidates for each vacancy to the Governor, who appoints members to the Board of Trustees with the advice and consent of the Senate, except for the student member.