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Gallaudet University’s Board of Trustees provides leadership for the university’s strategic initiatives in addition to governance and financial oversight. The Board has 18 trustees, for which the bylaws require a deaf majority, in addition to three Congressional appointees. All official contacts must go through the Office of the President.
ARTICLE I - AUTHORITY Section 1.1 - Founding Section 1.2 - Acts of Congress Section 1.3 - Name Section 1.4 - Corporate Nature and Control Section 1.5 - Accreditation Section 1.6 - Principal Office Section 1.7 - Fiscal Year Section 1.8 - Seal Section 1.9...
Section 1.1 Founding. Amos Kendall, Postmaster General in Andrew Jackson's Cabinet, founded the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and Blind in 1856 in recognition of the need for special instruction for persons with disabilities. He retained Edward Miner Gallaudet as...
Section 8.1 Administrative Manuals. The President shall develop, prepare and maintain appropriate administrative manuals, consistent with the policies of the Board, containing rules, regulations, and procedures concerning all faculty, staff, students and employees, which manuals shall be received and reviewed by the Board. Distribution and...
Section 2.1 Duties and Powers The Board of Trustees shall have and exercise all of the corporate powers of the University provided by law. The function of the Board shall be the making of policy, the assurance of sound management, and active participation in the...
Section 7.1 Charitable Purpose The University is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, the University shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from federal income tax...
Section 6.1 Officers of the University The officers of the University shall be a President, who shall be appointed by the Board, a Treasurer, who shall be appointed by the Board upon recommendation of the President, and such other officers as the President shall appoint....
The Education of the Deaf Act, reauthorized in 1998 (P.L.105-244), spells out the composition requirements for the 21-member Board of Trustees to direct and control Gallaudet University: "Three public members of whom (i) one shall be a United States Senator appointed by the President of...
The Gallaudet University Board of Trustees welcomes nominations for the Board of Trustees from any individual. Below are characteristics that help to determine whether a potential candidate satisfies the criteria for trusteeship. A candidate does not necessarily need to meet all of the stated criteria;...
(Approved February, 2011) The Gallaudet University Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of having the participation of the university's undergraduate and graduate student bodies in the governing process in a way that their expertise, views, interest, and concerns can be effectively shared. Accordingly, the Board...
Section 5.1 Establishment There shall be the following standing committees: Committee on Academic Affairs Audit Committee Committee on Compensation Executive Committee Committee on Financial and Institutional Affairs Committee on National Deaf Education Committee on Student Affairs Committee on Trustees Other standing committees as the Board...
Number of Trustees The Board of Trustees has 18 non-public members and three public members, one appointed by the President of the Senate and two by the Speaker of the House. Duties and Powers The Board of Trustees has specific duties and powers under its...
Section 3.1 Officers of the Board. The officers of the Board shall be a Chair, a Vice Chair and a Secretary. The Board may appoint such other officers as it deems advisable. Officers of the Board must be Voting Trustees and must have served as...
Section 4.1 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be held in October, on the date and at the time fixed by the Chair in consultation with the President. Section 4.2 Regular Meetings. In addition to the Annual Meeting, there shall...
This panel brings the current Chair and three former Chairs of Gallaudet Board of Trustees to reflect on the impact of DPN on the work of the Board of Trustees and how expectations of accountability of the Board of Trustees have changed in the last...
August 25, 2022
August 19, 2022
Board Chair and Trustee Emeritus
Chair, Committee on Governance
Co-Chair, Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
Chair, Committee on Strategic Finance
Chair, Committee on Audit and Compliance
Chair, Committee on Academic Excellence and Student Success
Kim Bianco Majeri
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