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Communication and Counsel to the Board

Policy Type: Executive Limitations
Policy Title: Communication and Counsel to the Board

The President may not permit the Board to be inadequately informed regarding the College or its interests.

Accordingly, the President may not:

1. Neglect to submit monitoring data required by the Board (see policy on Monitoring Executive Performance) in a timely, accurate and understandable fashion, directly addressing provisions of the Board policies being monitored.

2. Let the Board be unaware of relevant trends, anticipated adverse media coverage, information that might have political consequences, material external and internal changes, particularly changes in the assumptions on which any Board policy has previously been established.

3. Fail to advise the Board if, in the President’s opinion, the Board is not in compliance with its own policies on Governance Process and Board-Staff Relationships, particularly in the case of Board behavior that is detrimental to the working relationship between the Board and the President.

4. Present information in unnecessarily complex or lengthy form or that is knowingly inaccurate or incomplete.

5. Fail to solicit for the Board internal and external points of view, issues and options needed for fully informed Board choices, particularly with respect to faculty and other stakeholder opinions on instructional matters.

6. Fail to deal with the Board as a whole, except when responding to officers or committees duly charged by the Board.

7. Fail to provide information to any trustee with all other trustees when such information deals with matters before the Board or is intended to secure action by the Board.

8. Fail to provide a copy of any written communication to a Trustee, that deals with the business of the Board, to any other Trustee.

9. Fail to provide a mechanism for official Board, officer, or committee communications.

10. Fail to report in a timely manner an actual or anticipated noncompliance with any policy of the Board.

11. Permit the Board to be uninformed about the value that programs add to the lives of students, the cost of each program, and the recommended priority for the development of each new college program given its costs and benefits.