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20.6.3 Faculty Service with the Institute Board of Trustees

Criteria and Procedure for Election of Faculty Members as Trustees on the Board of Trustees and as Participants on Board Committees

The purpose of this section is to provide the criteria and election procedure for faculty members to be considered for participation as trustees of the Board of Trustees  and as faculty participants on certain committees of the Board.  It is the Board’s intention to have two faculty members serve as Trustees on the Board of Trustees and two faculty members serve as faculty participants on each of the Board committees listed below, in each case on a staggered basis. One faculty member will be selected each year to a two-year term as a Trustee of the Board and one faculty member will be selected for a two-year term as a faculty participant on each of the Board Committees listed below.

Faculty members may serve, either as a Trustee or faculty participant, for one additional consecutive two year term upon re-nomination by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. After completion of their final term, faculty may be renominated to serve as a Trustee or faculty participant on a particular committee after a two-year absence.

Faculty members who serve as members of the Board of Trustees will be subject to the same membership criteria and requirements as other members of the Board as defined in the Institute’s By- Laws.

The selection process will be conducted each spring by the Committee on Committees culminating in a presentation no later than September 15 of each year of faculty nominations to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee for further nomination to the Board at its October meeting each year.

Procedure and Qualifications for Nomination of Faculty to the Board and Board Committees

The Committee on Committees will accept volunteers and nominations for faculty to serve as Trustees and as faculty participants on Board Committees. Nominations can originate from anyone within the faculty body.  The Committee will conduct the nomination process to arrive at names to submit to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board for consideration, nomination and further action by the Board no later than September 15th of each year.

The Committee on Committees will certify that each faculty candidate has a minimum of four years of academic experience at Stevens as a full-time faculty member and a record of service with two or more Institute or School committees.

Any individual can stand for only one committee each year.

Volunteers and nominations should be accompanied by a concise statement regarding teaching and scholarly achievement (research papers, texts, monographs) and/or technological initiatives (patents) and previous contributions at the Department, School, or Institute level. Nominees should also highlight their qualifications to serve on a particular committee and any special expertise the nominee might bring to committee or Board service.

The Committee on Committees will review the nominations and will organize a slate of faculty candidates for each Trustee and faculty participant position. There will be at least two nominations for each vacant committee participant position and three nominations for each Trustee position.

The Committee on Committees will conduct the elections during the spring semester.

The Committee on Committees will convey a ranked list of the three nominees who received the most votes together with the number of votes for each nominee in each category to the Dean of

Academic Administration. Those names will be presented by the Dean of Academic Administration to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will, from among the names submitted to it, nominate faculty as Trustee and faculty participants to the full Board.

The Board will elect faculty to fill each open Trustee and committee participant position.

Board Committees Designated for Faculty Participation

  • Alumni and Development
  • Academic Affairs
  • Institute Facilities
  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Nominating and Corporate Governance
  • Research Enterprise and Technology Commercialization
  • Others Committees which may be created by the Board at a later time.

Reporting

The Faculty Trustees and Committee participants are required to provide an annual report (at the April or May Faculty meeting) of their activities, one for each committee. It is recognized that service on the Board and its Committees involves confidential matters.