Reinhardt University SACSCOC Compliance Certification

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. (Governing board)

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Narrative

Reinhardt University has a “governing board of at least five members that is the legal body with specific authority over the institution” The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body of Reinhardt University. Article II of the Reinhardt University Board of Trustee Bylaws [1] identifies the Board of Trustees and states the number of Active Trustees should not be less than twenty-four (24) and not more than forty-eight (48). The current Board of Trustees is composed of thirty-one (31) Active members. Supporting these are nine (9) Emeritus members and nine (9) Ex-Officio members. See supporting documentation for a list of Board members [2], Board committees [3], Board minutes [456] and Executive Committee minutes. [789] The documentation also includes the Board’s various standing committees, how often they meet, as well as their responsibilities. [10]

Reinhardt’s “Board is an active policy-making body and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the financial resources of the institution are adequate to provide a sound educational program Article I of Reinhardt’s Bylaws specifically outline the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees and also provide the supporting authority for the responsibility of the financial and educational policies which govern the institution. [11]  From the organizational structure [15], from supporting documents in the meeting minutes [456789], and from Reinhardt University Bylaws, Article I [11], it is evident that the Board of Trustees plays an active role in policy-making for Reinhardt University and ensures that there are financial resources to provide effective educational programs.

Reinhardt University’s Board is “not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from it.” The Board of Trustees is divided into Board committees [3] to complete the detailed work of the institution, but all proposals are recommended from the Board committees to the full board for consideration, review, and approval. See Board minutes. [456]

As is required for compliance “both 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.” [12] Article XIV of the Reinhardt University Bylaws [13] clearly defines the Board of Trustees Conflicts of Interest Policy. To ensure Trustees do not have such conflicts of interest, the University requires each member complete and sign a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form every year. [1214]  All administrative officers of the University are also required to sign a Conflict of Interest Disclosure form each year.  Any disclosure is shared with the Board of Trustees and minutes of meetings reflect that a disclosure was made and the Trustee having a conflict of interest abstained from voting.

 

Supporting Documents

[1] Reinhardt University Bylaws, Article II

[2] Current Trustee Membership Listing 2016-17

[3] Trustee Standing Committees 2016-17

[4] Trustee Board Meeting Minutes – September 22, 2015

[5] Trustee Board Meeting Minutes – January 26, 2016

[6] Trustee Board Meeting Minutes – May 17, 2016

[7] Executive Committee Meeting Minutes – July 14, 2015

[8] Executive Committee Meeting Minutes – November 17, 2015

[9] Executive Committee Meeting Minutes – March 31, 2016

[10] List of Board and Standing Committees Meeting Schedule and Responsibilities

[11] Reinhardt University Bylaws, Article I

[12] Core Requirement 2.2 Template

[13] Reinhardt University Bylaws, Article XIV

[14] Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form

[15] Organizational Chart