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Board of Governors

As the governing body of the Postal Service, the 11-member Board of Governors has responsibilities comparable to a board of directors of a publicly held corporation. The Board is composed of nine Governors appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the Senate. Not more than five Governors may be members of the same political party. The other two members of the Board are the Postmaster General and the Deputy Postmaster General.

The Governors appoint the Postmaster General, who serves at their pleasure without a specific term of office. The Governors, together with the Postmaster General, appoint the Deputy Postmaster General.

The Board meets on a scheduled basis and, at the annual meeting in January, the Chairman and the Vice Chairman are elected by the Governors from among all members of the Board.

The Board directs the exercise of the power of the Postal Service. It establishes policies, basic objectives, and long-range goals for the Postal Service in accordance with Title 39 of the United States Code. The Governors are authorized to establish reasonable and equitable classes of mail and reasonable and equitable rates of postage and fees for postal service. A specific power reserved by statute for the Governors alone is to approve, allow under protest, reject or, by unanimous written decision, modify recommended decisions of the Postal Rate Commission on postal rate and mail classification changes.


James C. Miller III, Chairman Appointed April 2003. Term expires December 2010. Member, Audit and Finance Committee. Chairman emeritus, The CapAnalysis Group; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution at Stanford University; Former Director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget; Former Chairman, U.S. Federal Trade Commission.


Alan C. Kessler, Vice Chairman Appointed November 2000. Term expires December 2008. Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee. Attorney and entrepreneur; Partner, Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, LLP; Member, Board of Directors, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation; Chairman, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Board.


LeGree S. Daniels Appointed August 1990. Reappointed November 1999. Served until her death in November, 2005. Member, Capital Projects Committee. Former Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education; Former member, U.S. Civil Rights Commission; Former member, Board of Directors, Center for International Private Enterprise; and member, Board of Directors, Heinz Center.


Robert F. Rider Appointed May 1995. Term expired December 2004, serving a statutorily permitted one-year hold over. Served as Chairman, January 2001 through December 2002. Served as Vice Chairman, January 1999 through December 2000. Chairman, Audit and Finance Committee. Chairman and CEO, O.A. Newton & Son Co.; Trustee, University of Delaware and Wilmington Medical Center; Director of numerous companies and institutions.


Louis J. Giuliano Appointed November 2004. Term expires December 2014. Chairman, Capital Projects Committee, Member, Audit and Finance Committee; former Chairman of the Board of Directors of ITT Industries and former President and Chief Executive Officer; Director of The Service Master Company; Honorary Chairman of the Westchester County Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services.


Carolyn Lewis Gallagher Appointed November 2004. Term expires December 2009. Member, Strategic Planning Committee; Member of the President’s Commission on the U.S. Postal Service; Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Texwood Furniture, Inc.; a Trustee and the immediate past chair of the board of St. Edward’s University; and a Trustee of the Texas Employees Retirement System.


John E. Potter Appointed 72nd Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of the United States Postal Service in June 2001. Potter has served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President; Senior Vice President, Operations; Senior Vice President, Labor Relations; and Manager, Capital Metro Operations.


Patrick R. Donahoe Appointed 19th Deputy Postmaster General in April 2005, Donahoe is Chief Operating Officer and has served as Senior Vice President, Operations; Senior Vice President Human Resources; and Vice President, Allegheny Area Operations.