H. B. 2018
(By Delegates Fleischauer, Marshall, Fragale,
Frazier, Manypenny and Williams)
[Introduced January 11, 2012; referred to the
Committee on Education.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §18B-2D-1, §18B-2D-2, §18B-2D-3 and §18B-2D-4, all relating to the Higher Education Merit Screening Advisory Committee, legislative findings; creation of the Higher Education Merit Screening Advisory Committee; purpose, composition and terms of the committee; meetings and quorum; compensation and expenses; powers and duties of the committee.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new article, designated §18B-2D-1, §18B-2D-2, §18B-2D-3 and §18B-2D-4, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2D. HIGHER EDUCATION SCREENING ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
§18B-2D-1. Legislative findings.
The Legislature finds and declares that:
(1) The aim of appointments to governing boards of state universities, colleges and community colleges should be to place the most able, experienced and deserving citizens on the public boards of higher education;
(2) State universities, colleges and community colleges are ultimately owned by the state’s citizens, and these institutions uniquely serve broad social, cultural and economic purposes that have long-term effects on the citizenry’s quality of life;
(3) It is vital that those responsible for university governance be as independent of political ideologies or partisan interests as possible;
(4) A mechanism for recruiting and screening candidates for appointments to governing boards of state universities, colleges and community colleges would help ensure that only the most talented, energetic, committed individuals are appointed to the boards of public higher education; and
(5) There is a need for a coordinated approach for finding qualified applicants, given that there are twenty governing boards for higher education institutions, each of which may have differing needs, constituencies and geographical considerations.
§18B-2D-2. Creation of committee; purpose; composition; terms; meetings; quorum.
(a) There is hereby created the Higher Education Merit Screening Advisory Committee.
(b) The purpose of the committee is to review and evaluate potential appointees for appointments to the governing boards of state universities, colleges and community colleges, and to make recommendations to the Governor.
(c) The committee shall have a total of nine members to be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. On making appointments to the committee, the Governor shall assure broad geographical and political representation, assure equal representation of men and women, inasmuch as possible, assure no less than proportional representation of the two leading political parties of the state, assure that appointments reflect the minority racial composition of the state, and assure that appointments represent diversity in occupation, including business and labor. Each member of the committee shall serve for a term of six years, which is renewable once. One third of the members shall be appointed each even-numbered year. The members of the committee shall select a chairperson, who shall serve a three-year term.
(d) The committee meets at least once during each quarter. Of the nine members of the committee, five members shall constitute a quorum. Due to the private nature of discussion of candidate’s qualifications, the meetings of the committee shall be exempt from the open meeting law, provided by section three, article nine-a, chapter six of this code.
§18B-2D-3. Compensation; expenses.
Members of the committee shall serve without compensation. All members shall be reimbursed for all actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of his or her duties, upon presentation of an itemized sworn statement thereof, including travel.
§18B-2D-4. Powers and duties of committee.
The committee has the following powers and duties:
(1) Develop a statement of the selection criteria to be applied, which shall include a criterion that members represent diversity in geography, gender, race, occupation, and experience, which shall be distributed to potential candidates;
(2) Develop a description of the responsibilities and duties of a member of a governing board of a state university, college or community college, which shall be distributed to potential candidates;
(3) Develop and implement a process for evaluating potential appointees to higher education governing boards, based on substantive qualifications, including merit and experience;
(4) Interview all candidates for appointments to the higher education governing boards; and
(5) Make recommendations to the Governor at least thirty days prior to the expiration of terms for which recommendations have been requested to fill vacancies on higher education governing boards: Provided, That the committee shall recommend at least two and not more than three candidates for each vacancy, including those being asked to fill unfulfilled or partial terms: Provided, however, That if the recommendations of the committee are considered to be unacceptable by the Governor, the committee shall provide the Governor with new recommendations.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create the Higher Education Merit Screening Advisory Committee to make recommendations to the Governor for appointments to governing boards of state universities, colleges and community colleges. The bill provides for the composition of the board, as well as its powers and duties.
This article is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.