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The CentOS Project has two main levels of governance - The Board of Directors (“The Board”), and Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
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The Board is responsible for the governance and administration of the project as a whole, and the overall vision and direction of the project.
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SIGs are responsible for technical work, and the direction of that work.
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In addition to these formal tiers of governance, the project is driven by volunteer developers who sustain the project by their work and contributions.
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## The CentOS Board of Directors
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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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[Structure and Policies of the Board of Directors](board/)
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The current membership of the CentOS Governing Board is:
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* Josh Boyer
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* [Davide Cavalca](https://wiki.centos.org/DavideCavalca)
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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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## Special Interest Groups
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Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are smaller groups within the CentOS community that focus on a
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small set of issues, in order to either create awareness or to focus on development along a specific topic.
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[Further details, and list of SIGs](https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup)
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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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