Trinity Western University. Board of Governors

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Trinity Western University. Board of Governors

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According to "Active, Dynamic Governance: A Statement of the Role and Responsibilities of the Board of Governors of Trinity Western University" (1982) the Board of Governors is legally responsible for the administration and general activities of TWU. The Board has four primary functions which include: 1) Appointment or recall of the President 2) Establishment of University policy 3) Representation for public and community relations 4) Financial support. Specific responsibilities of the Board, as the University's primary policy-making body, include: 1) Approval of changes or additions in objectives and major programs 2) Authorization of capital expenditures 3) Authorization for the disposal of assets 4) Approval of borrowings and other plans to finance the University operations 5) Establishment of controls essential to the protection of the rights and interests of contributors, the church, the staff, the faculty, the alumni, and the students 6) General (external) supervision of the University's Business, Academic, Student, Public Affairs, Seminary matters, approval of faculty hiring and faculty tenure 7) Establishment and revision of Constitution and By-Laws 8) Approval of long-range plans 9) Fixing charges and tuition/residence fees. Five major committees operate within the Board of Governors: 1) Academic Committee 2) Business and Finance Committee 3) Student Life Committee (formerly known as Student Development Committee) 4) Development Committee (formerly known as University Advancement Committee) 5) Enrolment Committee (previously part of the University Advancement Committee which included the Seminary Committee). The School for Canada Committee (January - June 1961) oversaw the early stages of the establishment and development of TWU. This committee was renamed the Trinity Junior College Committee (July - October 1961). The Governing Board of TJC held its first meeting on November 28, 1961. Initially, the Board of Governors consisted of nine members elected by the Evangelical Free Church of America, however, in June 1979 the Board approved the election of 3 additional members, followed by 3 more in 1980. This brought the total number of elected board members to 15. In January 1982 the Board of Governors approved President Neil Snider's recommendation to create a 21 member board comprised of 15 members elected by the Evangelical Church of America and 6 members appointed by the elected board. When the Evangelical Free Church of Canada separated from the Evangelical Free Church of America in 1983 the Board of Governors underwent another change. It was determined that the Evangelical Free Church of America and the Evangelical Free Church of Canada would each elect 7 members to the Board of Governors and together those 14 elected members would appoint 7 additional members. Initially the Board of Governors convened semi-annually with additional meetings called if necessary. In 1983 the Board decided to meet three times a year with meetings held in September/October, January/February, and April/May with additional meetings called if necessary. All Board members are asked to serve a three year term. The terms for the elected members begin in September and the terms for the appointed members begin in January.

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