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3.2.2 Governing Board Control

 

3.2.2  The legal authority and operating control of the institution are clearly defined for the following areas within the institution’s governance structure:

 

3.2.2.1. the institution’s mission

 

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Narrative

 

Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MABTS) demonstrates that there is a clearly defined legal authority and operating control for the institution. The Board of Trustees is the governing body for the seminary [1] and it appoints a president who is also the chief executive officer of the school [2]. The president bears ultimate authority and responsibility for the operation, management, control, supervision, maintenance, regulation, improvement, and enlargement of each of the departments within the seminary [2].
 
Operationally, the Executive Administration Committee (EAC) examines that mission of the institution and includes it in a strategic plan for the Board of Trustees to consider [3]. This process begins each year in February with budget preparation, is followed by faculty, staff, and student forums and surveys in the spring, and concludes with the summer planning session of the EAC.

 

The primary legal authority for the mission statement is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees, which approves the mission statement annually at its bi-annual meeting [3].

 

3.2.2.2. fiscal stability of the institution

 

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Narrative

 

The legal authority and operating control over the seminary’s fiscal stability is assigned to the Board of Trustees [4].

 

Operationally, the Board of Trustees depends upon the Vice President for Finance and Operations who liaises with the Board of Trustees Finance Subcommittee [5] and upon the senior administrators of the seminary, who give direction to budget directors to oversee the financial management of the school. The primary responsibilities of the EAC include reviewing proposed tuition and fees in advance of the development of the annual operating budget of the seminary, and recommending adoption of such to the full Board of Trustees; reviewing the proposed annual operating budget of the school in advance of the start of each fiscal year, and recommending approval to the full Board [6].

 

The President, charged by the Board of Trustees with the legal authority and governing responsibility for the administration of the seminary, delegates the development and the operational control of fiscal matters to the Vice President for Finance and Operations (VPFO). As MABTS's Chief Business Officer, and with the assistance of other VPs and departmental budget directors, the VPFO assumes responsibility for operational policies for fiscal matters, financial reporting, and budget control.

 

Additional information regarding MABTS's financial stability and budget process may be found in Core Requirements 2.2 and 2.11.1, and Comprehensive Standard 3.10.

 

3.2.2.3. institutional policy

 

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Narrative

 

The legal authority over the institutional policy of MABTS is assigned to the seminary’s Board of Trustees. The primary responsibility of the Board of Trustees is to see that the seminary fulfills the mission and purpose for which it was founded. It accomplishes this responsibility by setting seminary direction and policy. The directives and policies of the board are to be executed or implemented by the President and other executive officers [7]. Operationally, the Board of Trustees exercises its control by (1) approving policy — as published in the Charter and By-laws — and (2) implementing this policy through the President. The President is responsible for the discipline of the seminary and for executing measures concerning the administration of the seminary as the Board of Trustees may enact. He shall have the responsibility of making certain that all legal requirements are met in the operation of the school and shall be required to advise the Board of Trustees of any policy or program which conflicts with the law or violates the doctrinal statement and standard of MABTS [8]. The President carries out his responsibility to implement the Board's policy through the process described in Comprehensive Standard 3.27.

 

The legal authority over the seminary’s policies concerning related and affiliated corporate entities derives from the same source, and the operational control over these policies is maintained through the same channels, as the institution’s authority and control over all other institutional policy — as described in the preceding paragraph. That is, the seminary's Board of Trustees delegates the authority to the President; and the President exercises it through the organizational structure described in Comprehensive Standard 3.2.7.

 

Documentation

 

1. MABTS Charter and By-laws, Section 1.01

2. MABTS Charter and By-laws, Section 10.01

3. 2014-15 MABTS Strategic Plan Model

4. MABTS Charter and By-laws, Sections VI, VII, VIII

5. MABTS Trustee Finance Subcommittee Meeting Minutes

6. March 2014 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

7. 2014-15 MABTS Trustee Handbook, p. 3

8. MABTS Charter and Bylaws, Section 10.04

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