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Organization & Management

Who We Are

We are a membership of people — generally ages 50 and better — from diverse backgrounds. We share a common interest in continuing learning experiences and intellectual stimulation. There are no tests or grades. Members participate purely for the joy of learning.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at William & Mary is a department of the School of Education at William & Mary and is self-supporting. Our courses and activities are planned and operated by volunteers and a 3-member staff. We design our own curriculum. We arrange for volunteer instructors from William & Mary faculty (current and retired), from our own membership, and from the community at large.

Membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute also provides not only intellectual stimulation, but also social engagement with a vibrant community of lifelong learners. Classes and activities offer members a chance to greet old friends and make new ones over the course of the semester.

How We Are Managed

The Osher Institute at William & Mary is managed by an associate director and an administrative staff. A Leadership Council, all of whom are Osher members, serve in an advisory role. The Leadership Council comprises nine members: three members each within three standing committees: Curriculum, Membership Experience, and Finance. Leadership Council representatives serve three-year terms, with three positions expiring each year. New representatives are elected at the Annual Meeting to fill open seats.