Learning College Manual
Board of Trustees
Article I - Responsibility and Membership
Section 1.1 Jurisdiction and Responsibility
- The Board of Trustees is a body corporate established under the provisions of Chapter 115D or the General Statutes of North Carolina, and it possesses all of the powers of a body corporate for the purpose created by or that may exist under provisions of law.
- The Board of Trustees has the responsibility for the development and operation of the College in accordance with the provisions of law and the standards of the State Board of Community Colleges.
- The official title or the Board of Trustees, and the corporate name or the institution, shall be "The Trustees of Isothermal Community College",
- Under the law, the Board of Trustees shall hold title to all real and personal property donated to the College or purchased with funds provided by the tax levying authorities.
- Consistent with accreditation criteria of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Board of Trustees must not be subject to undue pressure from political, religious or other external bodies. Furthermore, the Board should protect the administration from similar pressures.
Section 1.2 Membership
- The Board shall consist of fifteen (15) members in three (3) groups of four (4) trustees each, one group of two (2) trustees, and the president of the Student Government Association. The four (4) trustees in Group One shall be jointly elected by the Rutherford County Board of Education. The four (4) trustees in Group Two shall be elected by the Rutherford County Board of Commissioners. The four (4) trustees in Group Three shall be appointed by the Governor of North Carolina. The two (2) trustees in last group shall be elected by the Polk County Board of Commissioners. The president of the Student Government Association shall serve as an ex officio, non-voting member.
- The terms of the members of the Board, except the student member, shall be so set by the selecting agencies that the term of a member in each group shall expire on June 30, of every year. All terms, except that of the student member, shall be four (4) years and shall commence on July 1. The student member's term shall commence on the fourth Tuesday in May for a term of one (1) year as president of the Student Government Association.
- All trustees, except the student member, should be residents of the administrative service area (Rutherford and Polk Counties) of the institution for which they are selected or of counties contiguous thereto (G.S. II5D-12(b)).
- Vacancies occurring in any group for whatever reason shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term by the agency or agencies authorized to select the trustees of that group and in the manner in which regular selections are made. Should the selection of a trustee, with the exception of the student member, not be made by the agency or agencies having the authority to do so within sixty (60) days after the date on which a vacancy occurs, whether by creation or expiration of a term, or for any other reason, the Governor shall fill the vacancy by appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term (GS II SD-12(c)).
- Under the law, the Board of Trustees may declare vacant the office or a member who does not attend three consecutive scheduled meetings without justifiable excuse. A member who is not present for at least fifty (50%) of a meeting shall be counted absent. The Board of Trustees may also declare vacant the office of a member, who without justifiable excuse, does not participate within six months of appointment in a trustee orientation and education session sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees. The Board of Trustees may also declare vacant the office of a member who is not capable of discharging, or is not discharging the duties of his office as required by law or lawful regulation, or is guilty of immoral or disreputable conduct. The Board of Trustees shall notify the appropriate appointing authority of any vacancy (GS II5D-19(b)).
The President, Board Chair, or any active member of the Board of Trustees shall not make appointment recommendations to an appointing agency on behalf of the Board or College. The Board Chair may notify an appointing agency near the end of a Trustees term to alert the agency of the upcoming appointment. On behalf of the Trustee up for re-appointment, the Board Chair may express the wishes of the Trustee member, but will not make a recommendation as Board Chair.
Amendment Approved: November 2011