Policy II. F. - Board Committee Principles

Board committees will minimally interfere with the wholeness of the Board's job and never interfere with delegation of authority from the Board to the President.  Committees will be used sparingly.

  1. Board committees are to help the Board do its job, not to help the employees of the College do their jobs.  Committees ordinarily will assist the Board by preparing policy alternatives and implications for Board deliberation.  Board committees are not to be created by the Board to advise College employees.
  2. Board committees may not speak or act for the Board except when formally given such authority for specific and time-limited purposes.  Expectations and authority will be carefully stated in order not to conflict with authority delegated to the President.
  3. Board committees cannot exercise authority over College employees.  Because the President works for the full Board, the President is not required to obtain approval of a Board committee before an executive action.  In keeping with the Board's broader focus, Board committees will normally not have direct dealings with College internal operations.
  4. A Board committee that has helped the Board create policy on some subject will not be used to monitor organizational performance on that same subject. Therefore, Board committees are to avoid identification with organizational parts rather than the whole.
  5. This policy applies only to committees that are formed by Board action, whether or not the committees include non-board members.  It does not apply to committees formed under the authority of the President.
  6. The Board shall not have standing committees. When necessary, the Board shall form an ad-hoc committee. Committees shall never consist of more than three Board members.

Adopted 5/19/99 Revised 06/06/07