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Sep 27, 2022
Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees Bylaws
Article II Board of Trustees
College Hall 208
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 provision of necessary funds for approved University plans and programs.
The Board has initial and ultimate responsibility in determining general, educational, financial, and related policies deemed necessary for the administration and development of the University per its stated purposes and goals for the education of deaf and hard of hearing persons.
The Board shall, but without limitation:
Section 2.2.0 Membership and Terms
The Board of Trustees shall consist of twenty-one Voting Trustees and such number of Non-voting Trustees as the Board deems appropriate.
A majority of the Voting Trustees shall be deaf or hard of hearing; provided, however, that failure to maintain a majority who are deaf or hard of hearing shall not diminish the Board’s authority to act on any matter, which may come before it.
As used in these Bylaws, the term “Voting Trustees” refers to all Trustees then in office who are eligible to vote, regardless of whether they are in attendance or cast their vote on a particular matter.
Section 2.2.1 Voting Trustees-Public Members
Three Voting Trustees shall be public members (“Public Members”), one of whom shall be a United States Senator appointed by the President of the Senate, and two shall be Members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House.
The Public Members shall be appointed for a term of two years commencing at the beginning of each Congress, shall be eligible for reappointment, and shall serve until their successors are appointed.
Section 2.2.2 Voting Trustees-Non-Public Members
The other eighteen Voting Trustees (“Non-Public Members”) shall be elected by the Board of Trustees.
One Non-Public Member shall be elected according to the regulations of the Board of Trustees, on nomination by the Gallaudet University Alumni Association.
The Non-Public Members shall serve a term of three years, shall be eligible for reelection for up to three additional terms, and shall serve until their successors are elected and qualified.
Section 2.2.3 Non-Voting Trustees
There may also be Honorary and Emeritus members of the Board, who shall be non-voting, who shall be elected by the Voting Members of the Board.
Section 2.2.4 Honorary Trustees
Those individuals who have or who may serve the University and the advocacy of the education of, or for a heightened quality of life for, deaf and hard of hearing persons with distinction may be elected Honorary Trustees.
Such Trustees may attend meetings at the invitation of the Chair, and shall have the privilege of the floor but shall serve without a vote and shall not be counted as a member of the Board for any purpose. Honorary Trustees shall be elected for life unless the election is revoked for cause by the Trustees.
Section 2.2.5 Trustees Emeriti
Those former Trustees who have served for a minimum of two terms may, upon recommendation of the Committee on Trustees, be elected by a majority of the board as a Trustee Emeritus.
Trustee Emeriti may attend meetings of the Board of Trustees at the invitation of the Chair. When in attendance, Trustee Emeriti shall have the privilege of the floor but not have voting powers.
A Trustee Emeritus shall not be counted as a member of the Board for any purpose. Trustees Emeriti shall be elected for life unless the election is revoked for cause by the Trustees.
Section 2.2.6 The President
The President of the University shall be a Trustee, ex-officio, and shall sit with voice, but no vote, on the Board, the Executive Committee, and standing committees other than the Committee on Compensation and special subcommittees.
The President shall provide interpreters and support staff to the Board and committees as appropriate.
Section 2.2.7 Qualifications and Nominations
Nominations for Non-Public Members and Honorary or Emeritus Trustees shall be made by the Committee on Trustees upon due study and analysis of the qualifications of persons interested in, concerned for, committed to, and hopeful of, strong advocacy for the education of, or for a heightened quality of life for, persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The Committee on Trustees shall objectively and thoroughly study the qualifications of persons important to the mission of the University and recommend such persons at any regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Section 2.2.8 Representation
The Board of Trustees shall act collectively. No Trustee acting alone and without delegated authority shall act as an agent or representative of the University. Trustees shall act and serve as Trustees rather than as representatives of any special group or constituency.
Section 2.2.9 Termination
A Trustee’s term shall automatically expire upon death or the filing of a written resignation with the Secretary of the Board.
Section 2.2.10 Removal
The Board, by vote of a majority of all Voting Trustees then in office, is authorized to remove any Trustee (except the Public Members) who may refuse or neglect to discharge the duties of a Trustee, or whose removal, in the judgment of said majority, is in the interest and welfare of the University.
Notice of any proposed removal shall be provided to all Board members at least ten days in advance of such vote.
Section 2.2.11 Absence of Trustees from Meetings
In the event of an unexplained absence of any Trustee (except the Public Members) from three consecutive stated meetings of the Board of Trustees, the Board of Trustees may declare that said absence constitutes the resignation of such Trustee from the Board of Trustees.
Section 2.2.12 Vacancies
In the event of any vacancy of the Board, such vacancy shall be filled as provided in this Article of these Bylaws. Interim vacancies of Public Members shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term of the Trustee being replaced.
Interim vacancies of Non-Public Members may be filled for the unexpired portion of the term of the Trustee being replaced or for a longer period (but not more than three years) as the Board deems appropriate.
These Bylaws were last amended by action of the Board of Trustees on May 13, 2011.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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