There are seven (7) trustees on the Black Hawk College Board elected at large from the Community College District #503 representing Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, Marshall, Mercer, Rock Island, Stark and Whiteside counties. They are elected during the general election to six-year terms (April to April). A student trustee is elected each year by the student bodies of the Quad-Cities Campus and the East Campus alternating every other year. Student trustee votes are non-binding. Board meetings are held monthly alternating between the Quad-Cities Campus to the East Campus.
Black Hawk College operates under the guidelines of the Illinois Community College Board and the Higher Learning Commission and adheres to federal and state civil rights laws, including Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity. The responsibility for the governance, administration and operation of the college is vested in the elected Board of Trustees of Community College District #503. The Board of Trustees delegates responsibility to the administration, faculty and staff for the practices and procedures that accomplish the mission of the college. The legal statutes guiding the operation for Black Hawk College are found in the Illinois Public Community College Act. The Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) keeps community colleges abreast of pertinent legislation.
* ICCTA training is required of new trustees in their first, third, and fifth year of office.
- 4 Hours of Trustee Leadership Training completed June 2, 2017 (Steve Spivey, Jon Looney)