Isothermal Community College

Learning College Manual

Board of Trustees

Article VI - Policies and Regulations

Section 6.1 - General Provisions

By an affirmative vote of a majority of all the members of the Board, the Board may make or amend such policies, rules, and regulations as may be authorized by the law and as may be required in its judgment for the effective discharge of its responsibilities and for the effective operation of the College.

Section 6.2 - Notification and Publication

The Administrative Support to the Board shall be responsible for providing each member of the Board and the President an up to date electronic copy of Board bylaws, policies, and regulations. Further, these documents shall be available for public inspection by interested persons at reasonable times during regular business hours of the College.

Section 6.3 - Compensation and Reimbursement

Trustees shall receive no compensation for their services but shall receive reimbursement, according to regulations adopted by the State Board of Community Colleges, for cost of travel, meals, and lodging while performing their official duties.

Section 6.4 - Office of Record

The Board shall maintain its office of record in the administrative offices in the President’s Office of the Administration Building 100 on the main campus of Isothermal Community College.

Section 6.5 - Body Corporate

Trustees have authority only during official Board meetings. Individual trustees or committees of the Board shall act only upon specific authorization or direction by the Board.

Section 6.6 - Conflicting Authority

In the event of conflict between these bylaws, the Corporate Charter, of the Laws of the State of North Carolina, the Laws of the State of North Carolina shall have primary precedence, and the Corporate Charter shall have penultimate precedence.

Section 6.7 - Ethical Standards

Members of the Board will strive to improve community college education, recognizing that policy decisions should be made only after full discussion at publicly announced Board meetings. Board members will render all their decisions based on the available facts and their independent judgments, refusing to surrender that judgment to individuals or special interest groups who might wish to exert undue influence upon the Board. Nothing within these standards shall be construed as being in conflict with State Government and Ethics Act 138A.

Section 6.8 - Role of Governing Board

The Board of Trustees must not be subject to undue pressure from political, religious or other external bodies and shall protect the administration from similar pressures.

Section 6.9 – Trustee Recognition

The members of the Isothermal Board of Trustees shall be recognized with a name plate on a service plaque documenting current and past Trustees. After completing their appointed term(s), the Trustee member separating from the Board will be recognized at an awards ceremony for their service to the college.
The outgoing Board Chair will be recognized for their service as Chair of the Isothermal Community College Board of Trustees with an engraved gavel.
A previous Board of Trustee member with twelve or more years of service may be nominated by a current Board Member as a non-voting Emeritus Board of Trustee member.  The nomination must be presented to the Board Chair at least three weeks prior to the Board Meeting through a letter of nomination to be reviewed by the Executive Committee and presented for approval by a single majority vote of the Board of Trustees.

Upon approval from the Board, the Emeritus Board Member(s) will be honored at an upcoming Board event determined by the Board Chair.  At the event, the Emeritus Board member(s) will be presented with a certificate and plaque. The plaque will be displayed with other Trustees recognition plaques. The plaque will be displayed for the remainder of the Emeritus Trustee’s life and at death the plaque will be presented to the Emeritus Trustee’s surviving family Emeriti Board members will serve in an honorary role and will be invited to attend special events at the college (e.g. graduations and board conferences). In the event that the Emeritus Board status is being granted posthumously, the family of the member will receive the plaque at the event and no further rights are bestowed.

Adopted:  September 2009 
Amendment Approved: September 11, 2012; February 7, 2013; June 11, 2013