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Section A
Board Officers and Reponsiblilities of the Chair

A-13: Board Officers and Reponsiblilities of the Chair

Adoption Date: 01/22/92 |  Revision Date: 02/16/98 | Revision Date: 08/26/08

General Roles of Board Officers The Board Chair shall preside at all meetings and shall perform such duties as are imposed by law or by action of the Board. The Board Vice-Chair shall serve in the chair's absence. If the Board Chair and Vice-Chair are absent from any meeting or refuse to perform their duties, a chairman pro tempore shall be appointed by the Board from among their number (Chapter 122, Section 103-10, as amended, Illinois Public Community College Act).

The Board Secretary shall perform the duties usually pertaining to that office. If the Secretary is absent from any meeting or refuses the duties of the office, a member of the Board shall be appointed secretary pro tempore (Chapter 122, Section 103-10, as amended, Illinois Public Community College Act).

Responsibilities of the Chair

The Board Chair has the following responsibilities:

  1. Board Meetings
    1. Preside at all meetings of the Board in an efficient and effective manner and set the general tone for each meeting through positive leadership;
    2. Encourage Board discussion and the expression of individual opinions;
    3. Expedite decision making and voting of the Board after due deliberation; and
    4. Provide leadership in causing the Board to deliber
  2. Board Operations
    1. Appoint Board committees in accordance with Board policies;
    2. Provide leadership for the growth and development of the Board through in-service training, trustee conferences, consultants, and special trustee programs;
    3. Consult with other trustees regarding their responsibilities and adherence to Board policies;
    4. Provide approval for all authorized expenditures by Board members and the President; and
    5. Initiate the evaluation of the performance of the Board as a whole.
  3. College Advancement
    1. Establish and maintain, on behalf of the Board, good relationships with the media and governmental units;
    2. Serve as an advocate and representative of the College, and on behalf of the Board, to ensure public trust in the institution; and
    3. Carry out special assignments and act as spokesperson for and on behalf of the Board.
  4. Board/President Relations
    1. Advise and consult with the President on major issues and interpretations of Board policy;
    2. Confer with the President on the order and content of the Board meeting and Board Workshop agenda;
    3. Channel requests and inquiries made by citizens and other Board members to the President; and
    4. Serve as a catalyst in evaluating the President's performance and in leading ccontract and compensation discussions of the Board.