Board of Trustees
By constitutional mandate, each state university board of trustees consists of 13 members. Six citizen members are appointed by Florida’s governor and five citizen members are appointed by the Florida Board of Governors. In addition, the chair of the faculty and the president of the student body serve on the board. 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. The President of New College is not a voting member of the Board of Trustees; he serves as Board Secretary.
Responsibilities and Authority
Under Florida Statutes, Sections 1001.71-1001.74, the boards of trustees are accorded responsibility to administer the university, are established as public bodies corporate and are accorded specific authority to broadly accomplish their responsibilities. Regulations of the Florida Board of Governors set even broader duties.
The Board of Trustees is vested with a broad range of authority and responsibilities for governing and managing New College. Its specific powers and duties include responsibility for making cost-effective policy decisions, authority to adopt rules, authority to acquire and to dispose of real and personal property and for controlling college-owned property, responsibility to establish degree programs, and generally, authority and responsibility to do all things needed to administer New College. The Board has the authority to take action whether recommended by the President or not, and can direct the President to deliver all information required by the Board. Regulations of the Florida Board of Governors set even broader duties.