Board Job Description

Policy Type: Governance Process
Policy Title: Board Job Description

The job of the Board is to represent the public in determining and demanding appropriate organizational performance. To distinguish the Board’s own unique job from the jobs of its staff, the Board will concentrate its efforts on the following responsibilities:

  1. Serving as the link between the college and the public.
  2. Enacting written governing policies that at the broadest levels, as provided for under statutory authority, address:

A. ENDS: College services, impacts, benefits, outcomes, (what good, for which needs, at what cost). Ends include college mission, values, vision, and long range goals and priorities.
B. EXECUTIVE LIMITATIONS: Constraints on executive authority that establish the prudence and ethics boundaries within which all executive activity and decisions must take place.
C. GOVERNANCE PROCESS: Specification of how the Board conceives, carries out, and monitors its own tasks.
D. BOARD-PRESIDENT RELATIONSHIP: How power is delegated and its proper use monitored, and the President’s authority and accountability.
E. BOARD-STAFF-CITIZEN-MEDIA RELATIONSHIP: How the Board relates individually and collectively to these groups.

  1. Monitoring institutional performance and the President’s performance (against Board policies on Ends and Executive Limitations).
  2. Promoting a positive image for the College.
  3. No member of the Board may receive any compensation for services rendered, except they may be reimbursed for expenses authorized by the Board.
  4. The Board shall have no standing committees.
  5. The Board may from time to time appoint ad hoc committees that are advisory in nature and only make recommendations. All decisions, actions, dispositions upon any motion, proposal, recommendation, resolution, order or other measure shall require a vote by the Board at its Regular or Special meeting. Committee members shall consist of three or fewer Trustees appointed by the Chairperson subject to approval by the full Board.
  6. The Board may from time to time appoint a liaison to provide a communication link with the College and/or community as defined by the Board. A Liaison may be appointed by the Chairperson subject to approval by the full Board. The Chairperson shall review and appoint all liaison positions biennially in January of the odd year with approval of the Board.
  7. An annual audit of all financial records of the College is required by law (Section 143.3 PA 331 of 1966. The Board shall appoint a competent auditor to conduct such an audit.
  8. Appointment of any legal counsel will be made by the Board.