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22 Pa. Code § 31.12. President and board or council of trustees.

§ 31.12. President and board or council of trustees.

 (a)  For an institution, the minimum and maximum number of trustees shall be stated in the articles of incorporation of the institution. The composition, selection, term of office, and the like, of the board or council of trustees shall be stated in the bylaws of the corporation. The composition of the board or council must include members of the professions, business, industry and other organizations or lay persons. The board of trustees shall have as its main function the legal operation of the institution. The primary areas of responsibility of the board are:

   (1)  Formulation of basic institutional policy.

   (2)  Selection of the president and maintenance of constructive relationships with the president and the administrative staff.

   (3)  Conservation, use and development of the resources of the institution.

 (b)  For a State System university subject to the authority of the Board of Governors, the chancellor, the president, together with the council of trustees, shall give overall policy direction to the institution. The president shall administer and manage the institution under Article XX-A of the School Code (24 P. S. § §  20-2001-A—20-2019-A).


   The provisions of the §  31.12 issued under sections 1317 and 1319 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § §  367 and 369); sections 5 and 9 of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Act (24 P. S. § §  2510-105 and 2510-109); and sections 2002-A, 2421 and 2603-B of the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. § §  20-2002-A, 24-2421 and 26-2603-B).


   The provisions of this §  31.12 adopted April 30, 1982, effective May 1, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 1389; amended May 23, 1986, effective May 24, 1986, 16 Pa.B. 1808; amended January 29, 1988, effective January 30, 1988, 18 Pa.B. 455; amended July 14, 2006, effective July 15, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 3650. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (244527) to (244528).

Cross References

   This section cited in 22 Pa. Code §  40.11 (relating to mission and governance).

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