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SUBJECT: 300s: Governance and Organization EFFECTIVE: November 17, 2005
Section: 310.1 Board President and Member Responsibilities

  1. The SBHE president has no authority to make decisions or to establish policy on behalf of the SBHE except as specifically delegated the authority to do so by the SBHE. The SBHE delegates the following authority to its president and, in the president's absence, to its vice president.
    1. The president or the Chancellor, pursuant to the authority provided to the Chancellor in SBHE Policy 304.1, shall be the spokesperson of and represent the SBHE by explaining, defending, advocating or announcing SBHE-stated positions.

    2. As elected leader of the SBHE, the president has the ultimate responsibility for assuring the beliefs and core values adopted by the SBHE are known to all SBHE members and that the SBHE strives to uphold these values at all times.

    3. The president shall be responsible for efficient operation of the SBHE including a SBHE established planning and action cycle.

    4. The president shall ensure that new SBHE members are informed of their responsibilities and oriented to the SBHE operations. The president, with the Chancellor's assistance, shall arrange for an orientation program after a new member is appointed. The new member orientation program shall include opportunities for new members to become familiar with NDUS institutions and programs, such as campus tours or other events scheduled with SBHE meetings, new member visits to campuses, an on-line tour or other suitable means.

    5. The president shall chair SBHE meetings by exercising all commonly accepted responsibilities of that position.

    6. The president may call special meetings of the SBHE pursuant to the provisions of the SBHE bylaws.

    7. The president shall communicate directly and consult with other SBHE members and the Chancellor as frequently as necessary and consistent with applicable open meetings and open records laws, to assure the SBHE members and the Chancellor are kept informed on issues relevant to the SBHE duties and responsibilities.

    8. The president may appoint ad hoc committees to advise the SBHE.

  2. SBHE member responsibilities include:
    1. A member shall be a link between the SBHE and the public which it serves.

    2. A SBHE member shall at all times conform to and advocate the SBHE beliefs and core values.

    3. A member shall help build and sustain an atmosphere of respect, openness, civility and partnerships in all relationships with fellow SBHE members, the Chancellor and NDUS staff, and the presidents, faculty and staff of each institution of higher education in North Dakota.

    4. A member shall, through service on the SBHE, acquire a reasonable level of knowledge of:
      1. The mission of each institution of higher education in the NDUS and how the institution, through its administration and faculty, plans to achieve its mission;
      2. The traditional organization and governance structure of an associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree-granting institution of higher education;
      3. The relationship of NDUS institutions with other institutions of higher learning and other educational systems within North Dakota;
      4. The competitive position of NDUS institutions in the regional and national marketplace;
      5. The provisions of state law governing the SBHE and its activities;
      6. The internal and external forces which affect the environment in which higher education and the NDUS operate; and
      7. The structural relationship among the governor, the legislature, the Chancellor, the NDUS office, the NDUS institutions and the SBHE.

    5. A member shall be an advocate of quality, efficient, and effective higher education in North Dakota by:
      1. Assisting in the development and ongoing review of a clear and concise SBHE strategic plan, including the goals and objectives, for the NDUS;
      2. Assisting in establishing appropriate measures to monitor and assess achievement of the goals;
      3. Assisting in evaluating SBHE performance, and the performance of the Chancellor;
      4. Participating responsibly in board meetings;
      5. Devoting the time necessary to carry a fair share of SBHE leadership responsibility;
      6. Assisting in establishing effective policies of governance; and
      7. Taking part in reasonable amounts of professional development.

    6. A member shall represent the people of North Dakota and be an advocate for the NDUS without special regard to a particular institution, interest, political affiliation, community, or constituency.

Reference: SBHE Policy - 304.1  

New policy, SBHE minutes, June 19, 1997; Amendment, SBHE minutes, November 18-19, 1999; Amendment, SBHE minutes, April 14, 2004; Amendment, SBHE minutes, November 17, 2005; Revised by legal counsel, June 21, 2018.
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