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Albright College Board of Trustees
Handbook

 


Introduction

This Board of Trustees’ Directory is designed to enhance communications and your awareness of how our Board of Trustees works.  The organizational chart provides an overview of Board of Trustees’ structure  For your ready reference, this directory contains contact and biographical information about current Trustees and Trustees Emeriti, the Bylaws, as well as the Statements of Responsibility for each of the Board Committees, the current membership of Committees, and all meeting and key dates for the College. 

The Board Chair and President are assigned to the Executive committee only, but are free to attend all meetings, as are all trustees.  Trustees Emeriti are invited to attend all meetings of the Board of Trustees and its committees but will not necessarily be assigned to any one committee.

New trustees will be assigned to one or two committees by the Board Chair after conferring with the Committee on Trusteeship and Governance.  These assignments are normally for a period of at least two years.  Trustees who have a strong interest in serving on particular committees should make those preferences known to the Board Chair.

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Trustees Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct of the Board of Trustees of Albright College shall be distributed to potential Board members prior to being elected to the Board of Trustees.  They shall review and agree to abide by this Code of Conduct by signing this form.  Each trustee shall sign a Code of Conduct form provided annually by the Secretary of the Board of Trustees at the same time as the Conflict of Interest form is distributed.

The responsibilities of trustees of the Board of Trustees include:

  • To become familiar with, committed to, and abide by the major responsibilities and duties of the Board of Trustees as set out in the Bylaw
  • To devote time to learn how the College functions—its uniqueness, strengths, and needs.
  • To accept the spirit of academic freedom and shared governance as fundamental characteristics of College governance.
  • To prepare carefully for, regularly attend, and actively participate in Board of Trustees meetings and committee assignments.
  • To vote and speak according to one's individual conviction, yet to be willing to support the majority decision of the Board of Trustees and work with fellow Board of Trustees’ members in a spirit of cooperation.
  • To maintain confidentiality when called for, and to avoid acting as spokesperson for the entire Board of Trustees unless specifically authorized to do so. The Board of Trustees will speak with one voice, and that is the Chairperson's.
  • To support the College fundraising efforts through personal giving in accordance with one's means (both annual and capital drives), and to be willing to share in the solicitation of others.
  • To understand the role of the Board of Trustees as a policy‑making body and to avoid participation in the administration of policy.
  • To understand that the President is the exclusive agent of the Board of Trustees in the conduct of all College affairs.
  • To learn and consistently use designated institutional channels when conducting Board of Trustees’ business.
  • To refrain from actions and involvements that might prove embarrassing to the College and to resign if such actions or involvements develop.
  • To make judgments always on the basis of what is best for the College as a whole and for the advancement of higher education rather than to serve special interests.
  • To maintain open lines of communications between the Board of Trustees and affiliated organizations (i.e. the Alumni Association of Albright College and the United Methodist Church), and encourage the informative exchange of relevant matters of interest and concern to each body. The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees or the Chairperson's designee will communicate on behalf of the Board of Trustees.
  • To support the Mission and Vision of the College and those it serves.  This accountability supersedes any conflicting loyalty such as that to advocacy or interest groups and membership on other boards or staffs.  This accountability supersedes the personal interests of any Board of Trustees’ member. 
  • To assume personal responsibility for all expenses related to attending meetings and carrying out the responsibilities of Trusteeship.