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1.6 Board Governance/Board Policies and Procedures

1.6.1 Authority and Powers Reserved by the Board
1.6.2 Strategic Plan
1.6.3 President as Chief Executive Officer
1.6.4 Delegation to the President
1.6.5 Formulation of College Policies and Procedures
1.6.6 Policy Formation/Advice/Changes
1.6.7 Distribution of Bylaw and Board Policies


Authority and Powers Reserved by the Board

All business conducted by the Board of Trustees shall be in conformance with the Community College Act and current Michigan statutes, including the Open Meetings Act, Act 267 of 1976, as amended, MCL 15.261 et seq, consistent with Governance Policy GP-301.

The College shall be managed by the Board of Trustees, in accordance with the Community College Act and in keeping with these Board bylaws and the Statements of Purpose and Goals contained within the College's strategic plan. The general powers granted to the Board are those expressly provided for in the Community College Act and any powers implied or incident thereto, including the exercise of any power incidental or appropriate to the performance of any function related to the operation of the College in the interests of educational and other programs and services offered by the College.

More specifically, the duties of the Board of Trustees shall include, but are not limited to, the following: 1) appoint, evaluate, and/or remove the President and appoint and/or remove Vice President level administrators; 2) appoint, evaluate and remove any positions designated within the Board policies; 3) review and approve all consultant contracts, consistent with 1.10.5, not otherwise authorized by Board policy or specified within the capital budget approval; 4) approve the issuance of College degrees and certificates; 5) adopt, develop, and define Board and College policies; 6) establish an annual College budget; 7) establish and authorize College tuition, course fees, and other fees that apply to all students; 8) authorize the sale, purchase, construction, and renovation of College land, buildings, and major equipment; 9) define and review College strategic direction and goals; 10) institute and promote major College fund-raising efforts and authorize the acceptance of gifts to the College; 11)authorize the incurring of debt by the College; 12) evaluate the President, consistent with 1.6.3.; 13) approve the establishment by any administrative means, through employment, contractual agreement or other means, of any additional vice-president, dean or department chair position(s), or other such administrative position(s) as set forth in Board policies.

MCL 389.104(2); MCL 389.121-123; MCL389.127.

(Amended 10/17/05, 6/28/06, 9/18/06, 3/19/07, 9/20/10)



Strategic Plan

The focus of the Board will be proactive rather than reactive and shall be on broad strategic issues and policies; not on the administrative or programmatic means in attaining these goals.

The Board of Trustees shall be responsible for the development of the College's strategic plan, which is intended to provide broad direction to the College and a framework for evaluating the College's operational effectiveness. The strategic plan shall contain performance measures through which the continuous improvement of the College can be evaluated.

The College's strategic plan shall be modified and extended on an ongoing basis through changes or additions recommended by the President and approved by the Board. Modifications and extensions shall be accompanied by additional performance measures if suitable measures are not already contained within the strategic plan. The President shall confer with the Board regarding extensions and modification of the strategic plan on a regular basis.



President as Chief Executive Officer of College

The President shall serve as the chief executive officer of the College, and the general administration and operation of the College is delegated by the Board to the President, in accordance with these bylaws, consistent with Governance Policy EL-200.

The President's administration shall conform to the adopted policies of the Board and the direction defined in the College strategic plan, in Board policies and budget parameters, and in particular, the performance measures contained within the strategic plan or budget policies. These performance measures will be defined in four (4) broad categories and reviewed by the Board: Stakeholder Satisfaction, Financial Responsibility, Communication with the Board, and Access.

A formal evaluation of the President will occur in October or November of each year. This evaluation shall consider the performance measures as defined herein and within the President's employment agreement, or as annually adopted by the Board as budget policies, and as it has appeared over the intervening year.

Only decisions of the Board acting as a body are binding upon the President. Decisions or instructions of individual Board members, officers, or committees are not binding on the President except in rare instances when the Board has specifically authorized such exercise of authority.

(Amended 10/17/05, 9/18/06



Delegation to the President

The President is hereby delegated the following authority, consistent with the President's status as the College's chief executive officer. In exercising the authority granted herein, the President shall be governed by and comply with all written bylaws, policies and contracts adopted and approved by the Board of Trustees, and any applicable state law:

A. Select and employ personnel of the community college, subject to 1.6.1.

B. Pay claims and demands against the community college, up to the amount of $50,000.

Unless otherwise subject to a specific college policy or specifically approved by the Board, purchase, lease, or otherwise acquire personal property for the College on College premises, provided that all transactions whether in aggregate, by project, or by vendor of $100,000, or more shall first be approved by the Board.

D. Invest funds of the College, subject to limitations imposed by law and adopted investment policy of the Board of Trustees.

E. Subject to terms and conditions as the Board may establish, accept any and all contributions, capital grants, gifts, donations, services, or other financial assistance from any public or private entity, provided that the President shall report to the Board, at the first meeting following receipt, any item with a value of $10,000 or more. All real property may only be accepted by action of the Board.

This powers delegated to the President shall be effective immediately and shall continue until specifically revoked by the Board.

MCL 389.124(b).

(Amended 10/17/05, 6/28/06, 9/18/06)



Formulation of College Policies and Procedures

The Board of Trustees, as provided by statute, shall adopt policies for the governance of the College.

Formulation of new policies, or amendment to existing policies for the overall operation of the College, may be recommended to the Board by the President.

Procedures, when developed by the administration in order to implement policies, will be presented to the Board for information.




Policy Formation/Advice/Changes

The first meeting at which a policy topic is discussed shall require three (3) members for the purpose of introduction and discussion. The Chairperson, after consultation with other Board members, will seek pertinent facts and advice from the President and advice from legal counsel when appropriate regarding all policy formation or changes. Reports and information in response to such requests, as is the case with other Board information, will be made available to all members of the Board.

At the second meeting at which a policy is discussed, a formal policy proposal may be put forth. The Board may at this time vote upon the proposal or request language changes, further research, or additional information, thereby postponing a vote.

Policies may be altered, amended, or repealed by the Board at any Regular or Special Board meeting, provided the change has been presented at a previous meeting of the Board. This rule may be waived by a majority vote of the Board at the meeting at which a policy change is presented.



Distribution of Bylaw and Board Policies

Copies of the Bylaws and the Policy Manual of the Board of Trustees of Lansing Community College shall be provided to every Board member, filed with the Secretary of the Board, and maintained in the office of the President of the College and at such other places as is deemed appropriate.

(Amended 10/17/05)


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