Board Policy A-101.00
Board of Trustees Process

Board of Trustees Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the board is to represent the public in determining and demanding appropriate organizational performance. To distinguish the board's own unique responsibilities from the responsibilities of the faculty and staff, the board will concentrate its efforts on the following job "products":

  1. Serve as the link between the College and the public.
  2. Adopt written governing policies which, at the broadest levels, address:
    1. Board of Trustees Policies: Specification of how the board conceives, carries out and monitors its own task.
    2. Board-President Relationship Policies: How authority is delegated from the board to the president; the president's role authority and accountability; how the president's performance will be monitored.
    3. Ends: What organizational products, impacts, benefits and outcomes will be achieved for what recipients at what cost.
    4. Parameters: Constraints on presidential authority which establish the prudence and ethics boundaries within which all staff activity and decisions must take place.
  3. Select, employ and delegate the appropriate powers and authority to the president of the College.
  4. Monitor and assure the president's performance in achieving the College's Ends and Parameters.
  5. Participate in appropriate professional development and training to ensure effective and competent service as a community college trustee.

If any provision(s) of this policy or set of bylaws conflicts with laws applicable to Northwestern Michigan College, including the Community College Act of 1966, the Freedom of Information Act, or the Open Meetings Act, as each may be amended from time to time, such laws shall control and supersede such provision(s).

Adopted by the Northwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees October 23, 1995
Reviewed without revision December 21, 2015
Reviewed without revision November 23, 2020