The university and its board promote the advancement of learning and the dissemination of knowledge, including learning and knowledge in the field of agriculture, and encourage the intellectual, social, moral and physical development of its members and the betterment of society.
The Board is composed of the Chancellor and President of the University, four members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and not more than eighteen others. Currently these include 3 elected faculty; 3 elected students; 2 elected staff; and 10 members appointed by the Board.
Members serve for three years. When a vacancy occurs before a member's term has expired, a new member is appointed for the remainder of the unexpired term. All members are eligible for reappointment.
Appointees do not receive remuneration.