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H. B. 2333


          (By Delegate Sumner)
          [Introduced February 13, 2013; referred to the
          Committee on Education.]




A A BILL to amend and reenact §18B-2A-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to setting forth the conditions under which a member of an institutional board of governors may serve more than four consecutive years as chairperson.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
     That §18B-2A-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2A. INSTITUTIONAL BOARDS OF GOVERNORS.
§18B-2A-1. Findings; composition of boards; terms and qualifications of members; vacancies; eligibility for reappointment.
     (a) Findings. -
     
The Legislature finds that the State of West Virginia is served best when the membership of each governing board includes the following:
     (1) The academic expertise and institutional experience of faculty members and a student of the institution governed by the board;
     (2) The technical or professional expertise and institutional experience of a classified employee of the institution governed by the board;
     (3) An awareness and understanding of the issues facing the institution governed by the board; and
     (4) The diverse perspectives that arise from a membership that is balanced in terms of gender and varied in terms of race and ethnic heritage.
     (b) Boards of governors established. -
     A board of governors is continued at each of the following institutions: Bluefield State College, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Bridgemont Community and Technical College, Concord University, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College, Mountwest Community and Technical College, Marshall University, New River Community and Technical College, Pierpont Community and Technical College, Shepherd University, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, West Liberty University, West Virginia Northern Community and Technical College, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia State University, West Virginia University and West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
     (c) Board Membership. -
     (1) An appointment to fill a vacancy on the board or reappointment of a member who is eligible to serve an additional term is made in accordance with the provisions of this section.
     (2) The Board of Governors for Marshall University consists of sixteen persons. The Board of Governors for West Virginia University consists of seventeen persons. The boards of governors of the other state institutions of higher education consist of twelve persons.
     (3) Each board of governors includes the following members:
     (A) A full-time member of the faculty with the rank of instructor or above duly elected by the faculty of the respective institution;
     (B) A member of the student body in good academic standing, enrolled for college credit work and duly elected by the student body of the respective institution; and
     (C) A member from the institutional classified employees duly elected by the classified employees of the respective institution;
     (4) For the Board of Governors at Marshall University, thirteen lay members appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, pursuant to this section;
     (5) For the Board of Governors at West Virginia University, twelve lay members appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, pursuant to this section, and additionally:
     (A) The chairperson of the board of visitors of West Virginia University Institute of Technology;
     (B) A full-time faculty member representing the extension service at the institution or a full-time faculty member representing the health sciences, selected by the faculty senate.      (6) For each board of governors of the other state institutions of higher education, nine lay members appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, pursuant to this section.
     (A) Of the nine members appointed by the Governor, no more than five may be of the same political party. Of the thirteen members appointed by the Governor to the governing board of Marshall University, no more than eight may be of the same political party. Of the twelve members appointed by the Governor to the governing board of West Virginia University, no more than seven may be of the same political party.
     (B) Of the nine members appointed by the Governor, at least five shall be residents of the state. Of the thirteen members appointed by the Governor to the governing board of Marshall University, at least eight shall be residents of the state. Of the twelve members appointed by the Governor to the governing board of West Virginia University, at least seven shall be residents of the state.
     (7) In making lay appointments, the Governor shall consider the institutional mission and membership characteristics including the following:
     (A) The need for individual skills, knowledge and experience relevant to governing the institution;
     (B) The need for awareness and understanding of institutional problems and priorities, including those related to research, teaching and outreach;
     (C) The value of gender, racial and ethnic diversity; and
     (D) The value of achieving balance in gender and diversity in the racial and ethnic characteristics of the lay membership of each board.
     (d) Board member terms. -
     (1) The student member serves for a term of one year. Each term begins on July 1.
     (2) The faculty member serves for a term of two years. Each term begins on July 1. Faculty members are eligible to succeed themselves for three additional terms, not to exceed a total of eight consecutive years.
     (3) The member representing classified employees serves for a term of two years. Each term begins on July 1. Members representing classified employees are eligible to succeed themselves for three additional terms, not to exceed a total of eight consecutive years.
     (4) The appointed lay citizen members serve terms of up to four years each and are eligible to succeed themselves for no more than one additional term.
     (5) A vacancy in an unexpired term of a member shall be filled for the unexpired term within thirty days of the occurrence of the vacancy in the same manner as the original appointment or election. Except in the case of a vacancy, all elections are held and all appointments are made no later than June 30 preceding the commencement of the term. Each board of governors shall elect one of its appointed lay members to be chairperson in June of each year. A member may not serve as chairperson for more than four consecutive years, unless at the end of a term of four consecutive years there are no nominations for election of a new chairperson and the current chairperson is willing to continue to serve in that capacity until a new chairperson is elected.
     (6) The appointed members of the boards of governors serve staggered terms of up to four years except that four of the initial appointments to the governing boards of community and technical colleges that became independent July 1, 2008, are for terms of two years and five of the initial appointments are for terms of four years.
     (e) Board member eligibility, expenses. -
     (1) A person is ineligible for appointment to membership on a board of governors of a state institution of higher education under the following conditions:
     (A) For a baccalaureate institution or university, a person is ineligible for appointment who is an officer, employee or member of any other board of governors; an employee of any institution of higher education; an officer or member of any political party executive committee; the holder of any other public office or public employment under the government of this state or any of its political subdivisions; an employee of any affiliated research corporation created pursuant to article twelve of this chapter; an employee of any affiliated foundation organized and operated in support of one or more state institutions of higher education; or a member of the council or commission. This subsection does not prevent the representative from the faculty, classified employees, students or the superintendent of a county board of education from being members of the governing boards.
     (B) For a community and technical college, a person is ineligible for appointment who is an officer, employee or member of any other board of governors; a member of a board of visitors of any public institution of higher education; an employee of any institution of higher education; an officer or member of any political party executive committee; the holder of any other public office, other than an elected county office, or public employment, other than employment by the county board of education, under the government of this state or any of its political subdivisions; an employee of any affiliated research corporation created pursuant to article twelve of this chapter; an employee of any affiliated foundation organized and operated in support of one or more state institutions of higher education; or a member of the council or commission. This subsection does not prevent the representative from the faculty, classified employees or students from being members of the governing boards.
     (2) Before exercising any authority or performing any duties as a member of a governing board, each member shall qualify as such by taking and subscribing to the oath of office prescribed by Section five, Article IV of the Constitution of West Virginia and the certificate thereof shall be filed with the Secretary of State.
     (3) A member of a governing board appointed by the Governor may not be removed from office by the Governor except for official misconduct, incompetence, neglect of duty or gross immorality and then only in the manner prescribed by law for the removal of the state elective officers by the Governor.
     (4) The members of the Board of Governors serve without compensation, but are reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of official duties under this article upon presentation of an itemized sworn statement of expenses.
     (5) The president of the institution shall make available resources of the institution for conducting the business of its board of governors. All expenses incurred by the board of governors and the institution under this section are paid from funds allocated to the institution for that purpose.

     NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to set forth the conditions under which a member of a board of governors may serve more than four consecutive years as chairperson.

     Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law.
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