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title: "Governance"
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The CentOS Project governance structure has two main tiers: 
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* The Governing Board, a group of 8 to 11 people, responsible for overall
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  oversight of the CentOS Project
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* Special Interest Groups (SIGs), teams within the community that focus on
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  either enabling a technology solution as an add-on to the core CentOS
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  release, or building and maintaining a functional aspect of the Project, such
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  as infrastructure or documentation.
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<figure class="figure">
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  Image describing the board
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  <figcaption class="figure-caption">The Governing Board is like a greenhouse, providing support for starting and maturing a SIG the way a greenhouse uses sunlight, water, nutrients, and soil to turn seeds in to fruiting plants.</figcaption>
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</figure>
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## The CentOS Governing Board
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The focus of the Governing Board is to assist and guide in the progress and
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development of the various SIGs, as well as to lead and promote CentOS.
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The CentOS Governing Board is the governing body responsible for the overall
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oversight of the CentOS Project and SIGs, the creation of new SIGs, and the
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election (and re-election) of new board members. The Board also has the
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responsibility to ensure the goals, brands, and marks of the CentOS Project and
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community are protected. The Board serves as the final authority within the
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CentOS Project.
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## Current Sitting Board
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The initial CentOS Governing Board will be made up of members of the CentOS
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Project, many of whom have been around since the creation of the Project, as
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well as new members from Red Hat who were instrumental in bringing the new
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relationship together. 
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The CentOS Governing Board is:
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* [Brian Exelbierd](https://wiki.centos.org/BrianExelbierd) ([Liaison](/about/governance/board-responsibilities/#red-hat-liaison-responsibilities))
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* [Johnny Hughes](https://wiki.centos.org/JohnnyHughes)
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* [Tru Huynh](https://wiki.centos.org/TruHuynh)
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* [Mike McLean](https://wiki.centos.org/MikeMcLean)
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* [Thomas Oulevey](https://wiki.centos.org/ThomasOulevey) (Secretary)
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* [Jim Perrin](https://wiki.centos.org/JimPerrin)
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* [Pat Riehecky](https://wiki.centos.org/PatrickRiehecky)
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* [Karanbir Singh](https://wiki.centos.org/KaranbirSingh) ([Chair](/about/governance/board-responsibilities/#chair-responsibilities))
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Also in regular attendance:
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* [Rich Bowen](https://wiki.centos.org/RichBowen) (Community Architect, attendee ex-officio)
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## More information
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* [Governing Board responsibilities](/about/governance/board-responsibilities)
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* [SIGs](/about/governance/sigs)
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* [Joining the project](/about/governance/joining-the-project)
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* [Voting](/about/governance/voting)
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* [Appendix:  Glossary](/about/governance/appendix-glossary)
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