Reservation and Delegation of Authority

SECTION I. GENERAL RESERVATIONS OF AUTHORITY.

1. The Board reserves to itself all authority necessary to carry out its legal and fiduciary responsibilities under the College Charter, Board Bylaws, and state and federal law. This reservation specifically includes all authority to enact policies for the governance of the College and to issue directives to executive officers and employees.

2. The Board reserves to itself authority to ensure institutional autonomy, to approve the College’s mission and vision, to set the overall direction of the institution, including the adoption of fundamental plans for the educational, financial, and physical development of the College.

3. No authority that the Board reserves to itself in this policy shall be exercised by any other person or body unless expressly authorized by Board policy or directive.

4. The authority of the Board resides only with the Board as a whole and not in its individual members, except as the Board itself may have delegated specific authority to one of its members or committees.

5. The Board reserves to itself authority to approve the use, and revoke the use, of its corporate name or any abbreviated name, by any non-College person or entity or any College campus, division, or unit, consistent with Board policies.

6. The Board reserves to itself authority to approve any matter delegated to the president if it raises unusual questions of public interest, has significant impact on the College’s mission, or poses a significant risk to the College.

7. The Board reserves to itself authority to approve and submit any report to governmental authorities that impacts the College’s autonomy or addresses the performance of the College and/or its major initiatives. All other reports to governmental authorities that fall outside these criteria shall be provided to the Board upon their submission.

SECTION II. GENERAL DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY.

1. Delegation of Authority to the President. The Board delegates to the president authority to act as chief executive officer of the College, with such general executive management and administrative authority over the College as is reasonable and necessary to carry out the policies and directives of the Board, subject to the following limitations:

  • the provisions of the College Charter and state and federal law;
  • the provisions of Board Bylaws;
  • the provisions of Board policies and directives; and
  • the directive that the president shall notify the Board of any matter not otherwise addressed in this section that significantly involves the authority and role of the Board, including its fiduciary, oversight, and public accountability responsibilities.

2. Delegation of Authority by the President. Unless otherwise restricted by specific Board policies or directives, the president shall be responsible for delegating general executive management and administrative authority to other executive officers and employees as necessary and prudent. The president may condition, limit, or revoke any presidential authority so delegated.

All delegations and revocations under this subsection shall identify the position to whom such authority is delegated, describe the scope and limitations of such authority, and prescribe the extent to which such authority may be further sub-delegated.

Annually, the president shall report to the Board significant changes to the delegations.