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2.2 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. (Governing Board)
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Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) is in compliance with this core requirement. A board of trustees governs the College and serves as a corporate body in accordance to the Community College Laws of North Carolina, Chapter 115D-14.
The governing board of Fayetteville Technical Community College is the Board of Trustees, with “such rights and privileges as may be necessary for the management and administration of the institution” in accordance with Chapter 115D of the NC General Statutes. Membership on the Board of Trustees is governed by statute and includes twelve (12) voting members and one (1) non-voting member. The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners appoints four of the voting members, the Cumberland County Board of Education appoints four voting members, and the Governor of the State of North Carolina appoints the remaining four voting members. The non-voting member is the president of the College’s Student Government Association. The wide distribution of the appointing authority helps ensure that the Board is not controlled by organizations or interests separate from the Board.
The North Carolina General Assembly grants numerous powers and duties to the FTCC Board of Trustees. Among these duties, the Board is responsible for “(performing) such other acts and doing such other things as may be necessary or proper for the exercise of the foregoing specific powers, including the adoption and enforcement of all reasonable rules, regulations, and bylaws for the government and operation of the institution.” Accordingly, the Board of Trustees is the body that establishes regulations and policies governing the operation of the College. Furthermore, the Board is actively engaged in fulfilling this duty. Article V, Section I of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of Fayetteville Technical Community College requires the Board to meet at least once every three months. However, the Board has chosen to meet ten times each year and at other times as needed. As evidenced by the minutes of the Board, the Board regularly considers and adopts College policy and makes decisions related to the future of the College.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for review and approval of the College mission. Per the State and local guidelines, the Board will conduct an annual evaluation of the President and submit it to the NC Community College System Office of the President.
In accordance with Article IV of Chapter 115D of the NC General Statutes, the Board of Trustees is responsible for annually preparing and submitting its institutional budget to the State Board of Community Colleges and to the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners. The Board typically adopts its budget in September of each year, and the purpose of the College’s expenditures is to further the educational mission of the College.
The Bylaws of the Board in the FTCC Board Orientation Manual eliminate the ability of a minority of its membership from exercising control over the Board. The Bylaws require a majority vote in order for the Board to adopt any policy, rule, or regulation, to elect a president, or to establish or discontinue curricula of other services of the College.
In 2005, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted ethics laws and mandatory training for all community college boards of trustees. FTCC Board members are subject to that law. In accordance with Chapter 138A-3, of the North Carolina General Statutes, board members are required to substantially identify their financial interests (and those of close family members) to the North Carolina Ethics Commission. The Ethics Commission reviews those interests and identifies any conflicts or potential conflicts of interests the members may have. The Board then receives a report regarding conflicts or potential conflicts.
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