The Faculty Senate is the elected, representative body of the faculty. The President of the Faculty Senate is a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees. Representatives of the Faculty or Faculty Senate should be present on all major University-wide committees. One senator is selected every other year to a two-year term to represent each of the degree-granting units. An important role of a Faculty Senator is conducting the election of faculty members to serve on promotion and tenure committees at all levels including departments, colleges, and University. The most important role of the Faculty Senate is ensuring the participation of faculty in shared governance at all levels of the institution.