|Topic:||Request participation by Faculty Chairs on Boards of Trustees|
|Proposed by:||Governance Committee|
|Disposition:||Adopted 2/16/01; response received from President|
WHEREAS, under The Code of the University of North Carolina each Board of Trustees shall promote shall promote the sound development of its institutions and help maintain performance at a high level of excellence in every area of endeavor; and
WHEREAS, under The Code the chancellor shall ensure establishment of appropriate procedures within the institution to provide members of the faculty the means to give advice with respect to questions of academic policy and in institutional governance; and
WHEREAS, at several universities with The University of North Carolina the Faculty Chair is invited to speak regularly in open sessions of the Board of Trustees;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED
That the Faculty Assembly requests that the President of the University require of chancellors that they ask the Boards of Trustees to provide Chairs of Faculty Senates/Councils the opportunity to serve as ex officio, non-voting participants on the Board of Trustees.
President Broad responded by memo on April 25, 2002, as follows:
On September 21, 2001, I reported to the Faculty Assembly that membership on Boards of Trustees is defined by state statute, which states that "no employee of the state . . . may be eligible for election or appointment as a trustee" (see Section 100.1 of the UNC Policy Manual). It is up to the members of institutional Boards of Trustees to decide whom they wish to invite to sit with or address the Board; however, I have urged the chancellors to provide time for faculty to report to the Boards of Trustees. In addition, I have suggested an "end-of-year wrap up" discussion of the Executive Committee with the Cabinet and me to identify issues to be raised with the Board of Governors and Boards of Trustees. A meeting is scheduled for April 19, 2002, to discuss such issues.
See also Resolution "Request President Support Faculty Participation on Boards of Trustees," April 20, 2002