Each member university is represented in LERU by its head of institution. The Rectors' Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the organisation. It meets twice a year at a different member institution.
The Rectors' Assembly appoints three of its members to serve as the Board of Directors and elects a chairperson from among them. The Chair of the Board of Directors also presides over the Rectors' Assembly.
Presently, the LERU Directors are:
Once a year the BoD meets in an enlarged BoD+ configuration, i.e. together with the chairs of the nine Policy Groups. The twelve-person BoD+ group is responsible for overall LERU policy positions, commissioning, discussing and reviewing papers and coordinating where necessary cross-group policy.