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2.2 Governing Board

 

The institution has a governing board of at least five members that is the legal body with specific authority over the institution. The board is an active policy-making body for the institution and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the financial resources of the institution are adequate to provide a sound educational program. The board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from it. Both the presiding officer of the board and a majority of other voting members of the board are free of any contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution.
                   
A military institution authorized and operated by the federal government to award degrees has a public board on which both the presiding officer and a majority of the other members are neither civilian employees of the military nor active/retired military. The board has broad and significant influence upon the institution’s programs and operations, plays an active role in policy-making, and ensures that the financial resources of the institution are used to provide a sound educational program. The board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from the board except as specified by the authorizing legislation. Both the presiding officer of the board and a majority of other voting board members are free of any contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution.

 

_X_  Compliance           ___  Partial Compliance          ___  Non-Compliance

 

Narrative

                   

According to the Charter and By-laws of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MABTS), the seminary Board of Trustees is the legal body with specific authority over the institution [1] concerning the election of governing board members, the governing board structure, and governing board control.

 

Election of Governing Board Members

 

Governing board members and the presiding officer are elected by current board members at the bi-annual (spring) meeting of the Board of Trustees. The trustees “whose terms have expired or any proposed new trustees shall be elected by the trustees and nothing therein shall be construed to prevent the election of a trustee to succeed himself” [2].

 

Governing Board Structure

 

The Charter and By-laws state that “the trustee board is composed of not less than six (6) nor more than twenty-one (21) persons who shall be trustees of this corporation. Each trustee shall hold office for a term of five (5) years, but the terms of the trustees shall be staggered” [2]. There are two subcommittees on the Board of Trustees: the Finance Subcommittee led by Mr. Keith Noble and the Personnel Subcommittee, led by Mr. Terry Brimhall [3], both of which may be found on the MABTS website, with all other trustee information under the Trustee Biographical Information page.

 

The trustees meet bi-annually – at the beginning of the school year in August and the third week of March. The meeting in August is in conjunction with the annual Bible conference (Founders’ Days) which begins the school year, and the purpose of the March meeting is to approve the budget for the upcoming academic year and for election of board members, election of faculty, and other items of business pertaining to the board of trustees.

 

The Board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from it, as demonstrated by the seminary's Charter and By-laws, Article II, Section 2.05 dealing with duality of interest or possible conflict of interest on the part of Board members [4].

 

Neither the presiding officer of the board nor the majority of other voting members of the board have contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution as evidenced by the signature of every member of the Board on a separate but related document entitled “MABTS Board of Trustees Conflict of Interest Policy” which each member of the Board signs annually. Both the presiding officer of the board and a majority of other voting members of the board are free of any contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution and all affiliations are disclosed so that reviewers may determine if there is a conflict of interest [5].

 

Governing Board Control - MABTS and MASH

 

The Board of Trustees examines and reaffirms the mission statement of the school annually at the beginning of the academic year [6]. As demonstrated by the minutes of MABTS’s Board of Trustees meetings, the Board is an active policy-making body for the institution and fulfills its responsibility to ensure that the financial resources of the institution are adequate to provide a sound educational program. Recently, the Board voted to raise tuition and fees [7] and approved an online degree program pending approval from SACSCOC [8]. The Board also conducts an annual performance review of the President [9] as a part of the assessment process. This information is demonstrated in the SACSCOC template “Governing Board/Information on Board Members” [10] and on the 2014-15 MABTS Organizational Diagram [11].

 

The second paragraph of Core Requirement 2.2 does not apply to MABTS because the seminary is not a military institution authorized and operated by the federal government.

 

With the exception of one member, all 2014-16 MABTS Board of Trustees members serve as the governing board for Mid-America Student Housing, Inc. [12].

 

Documentation

 

1. MABTS Charter and By-Laws: Governing Board Articles: Article I, Sections 1.12, 1.16, Article VI, 6.02, Article VII, 7.01, Article VIII, 8.01, Article X, 10.07, Article XII, 12.02

2. MABTS Trustee Handbook, Section 1.02
3. MABTS Biographical Information Page

4. MABTS Trustee Handbook, Section 2.05

5. MABTS Board of Trustees Conflict of Interest Policy (with signature page)

6. MABTS Trustee Minutes, August 2014
7. MABTS Trustee Minutes, March 2015

8. MABTS Trustee Minutes, March 2014

9. 2014 CEO Performance Review

10. 2015 MABTS Governing Board/Information on Board Members

11. 2014-15 MABTS Organizational Diagram

12. MABTS and MASH Board Members

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