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1.02.004 - Expectations for Individual Trustees

Approved: 2/19/2013
Approved By: Board of Trustees
Category: 1 - STRUCTURE MISSION AND GOVERNANCE
Section: 02 - COLLEGE GOVERNANCE AND SPONSORSHIP

The individuals who are appointed to serve as a Trustee of the College should set aside any personal agenda and acknowledge their responsibility to represent the best interests of the community as a whole.  They should possess a willingness to provide a public service aimed at continual improvement of the College and its position in the Community and clearly demonstrate their willingness to carry out the legal, ethical, and moral obligations of a trustee.

In this spirit, the Board expects that individual trustees will:

  1. Represent the broadest interests of the region served by the College;
  2. Deliberate the issues coming to the Board only in legally called meetings of the Board or its committees;
  3. Speak on behalf of  the Board only when specifically delegated to do so by the Board and refrain from expressing personal opinions to individuals outside the Board on issues pending before the Board or anticipated to come before the Board;
  4. Inform the community on the mission and goals of the College, represent the needs and interests of the community to the College; and advocate for increased financial support advancing the goals of the College at the local, state and federal levels;
  5. Consider service to the College a personal priority by participating in all scheduled Board meetings, retreats, and other scheduled Board activities with prompt and regular attendance; and by having reviewed the agenda and related materials in preparation for participation in discussion and being prepared to vote on the matters coming to the Board;
  6. Ask pertinent questions and require adequate  prior information for all items included in the agenda along with appropriate advanced notice and relevant documentation in the case of items presented for emergency consideration;
  7. Be punctual and insist that Board meetings start on time,  be efficiently organized, and be effectively chaired;
  8. Show internal support and  increase knowledge of the College’s programs and services by attending College events and functions;
  9. Develop a broader understanding of community college issues through participation in professional development experiences and the sharing of ideas with Trustees from other institutions at state, regional, and or national meetings;
  10. Protect the integrity of Board deliberations and conversation by exercising discretion and avoiding the appearance of impropriety when socializing with employees, students and the community;
  11. Garner support and acceptance from family and/or employers for the amount of time required to be an effective Trustee;
  12. Become actively engaged  in political activities supporting advancement of the mission and/or funding of community colleges at the local, state, and national level;
  13. Remain in active service only as long as s/he is able to attend Board and committee meetings and is able to make positive contributions in advancing the agenda of the College;
  14. Retain composure during Board meetings, remain tolerant of the opinions of others and vote his/her convictions, even though they may be unpopular;
  15. Maintain confidentiality on all issues discussed with the Board in executive sessions;
  16. Notify the President’s office when planning to visit the campus for the purpose of talking with students, faculty, or staff; and
  17. Objectively evaluate his/her service as a trustee at least once a year.