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2.2 Governing Board

The institution has a governing board of at least five members that is the legal body with specific authority over the institution. The board is an active policy-making body for the institution and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the financial resources of the institution are adequate to provide a sound educational program. The board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from it. Both the presiding officer of the board and a majority of other voting members of the board are free of any contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution.

Responsible Unit: Board of Trustees

Compliance Judgment



The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System (UNC System) is designated as the governing body for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T) under Chapter 116-11, Higher Education, of The North Carolina General Statutes (GS) [1]. The Code also assigns the Board of Governors (BOG) as the governing body of the UNC System. The power of the board to "determine the functions, educational activities and academic programs" and its responsibility for "the general determination, control, supervision, management and governance" of A&T are set forth in the board's "Powers and Duties" stipulated in The Code, Section 203 [2]. The board has thirty-two voting members, plus a student member, all of whom are free from employment, familial, or constituent institution conflicts of interest. A listing of the BOG members along with individual members' contact information can be found on the UNC System's administrative directory Web site [3].

The BOG is elected by the North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives [4]. Sixteen members are elected every two odd-numbered years and serve for four-year terms. The person serving as president of the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments (UNCASG), serves as the student ex-officio member of the board.

GS Chapter 116-11 states that the board is authorized to: (1) "determine the types of degrees to be awarded" at all constituent institutions, (2) "to withdraw approval of any existing program if it appears that the program is unproductive, excessively costly or unnecessarily duplicative," (3) "review the productivity of academic degree programs every two years," (4) "set tuition and required fees at the institutions," (5) "shall set enrollment levels of the constituent institutions," (6) "develop, prepare and present to the Governor and the General Assembly a single, unified recommended budget for all of the constituent institutions," (7) "collect and disseminate data concerning higher education in the State," and (8) "delegate any part of its authority over the affairs of any institution to the board of trustees or, through the President, to the chancellor of the institution in any case where such delegation appears necessary or prudent to enable the institution to function in a proper and expeditious manner." The board holds regular meetings the second Fridays in September, October, November, January, February, March, May, and July or August [5][6][7][8]. Meeting minutes are documents and are available for public review on the UNC System's Web site. The Code, Section 204 stipulates that board members "should not use their positions, or appear to use their positions, to influence the decisions of the University for their personal financial gain" [9]. The minutes verify that the board members "have a duty to avoid conflicts of interest and appearances of conflicts" and record members' self-identification of any potential conflicts with each agenda. The minutes also demonstrate that the board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interest separate from it.

Supporting Documents

[1] NC General Statutes, Chapter 116-11 Powers and Duties

[2] UNC-GA, Code, Section 203, Powers and Duties

[3] BOG, Members

[4] NC General Statues, 116-6, Election and terms of members of Board of Governors

[5] BOG, Meeting Minutes, website

[6] September 8, 2006 BOG Meeting Minutes

[7] October 12, 2007 BOG Meeting Minutes

[8] May 9, 2008 BOG Meeting Minutes

[9] UNC-GA, Code, Section 204, Ethics and Conflict of Interest

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