Members’ Responsibilities

  1. Contribute to efforts to sustain the University’s mission, integrity, traditions, and value. Advance initiatives that promote the University and will influence others to be a part of its mission and help realize goals.
  2. Recruit, approve, support, and evaluate the University president.
  3. Participate in Board committee meetings by preparing and participating effectively and with mutual respect.
  4. Protect fiscal integrity, approve the University budget, monitor resources, and productivity, and participate in fundraising through personal yearly contributions and advocacy.
  5. Participate when feasible in campus activities and act as an engaged member of the campus community.
  6. Conduct ourselves in word and action – whether a voting or non-voting trustee – from the perspective that we serve individually and collectively, the whole institution rather than any one part of it, or any individual or group within it or outside of it, or in any partisan or political cause.
  7. Be thoughtful in how we represent the University through our actions and words. If apparent grievances or complaints have merit, the President and/or the Board Chair shall be made aware.
  8. Support principles of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination for all students, faculty, and staff as well as the University policy statement on diversity.
  9. Comply with University conflict of interest policy, including the disclosure requirements.
  10. Refrain from asking the President or other University executive or academic officer or staff for special favors on behalf of oneself, family, or friend.
  11. Refrain from communicating either orally or in writing with any member of the administration (other than the President), staff, faculty, or student of Athens State University in an individual capacity in language or in a fashion intended to conceal or obstruct directions from the Board of Trustees.
  12. Strictly maintain confidentiality of the Board’s executive sessions, especially, but not only with respect to sensitive personnel matters.
  13. Assist the Board President with the strategic direction of the University. Trustees should give advice and share expertise freely, but should also be willing to accept the fact that not all such views will necessarily be adopted.
  14. Participate as requested by the Trustee Committee in a self-assessment survey designed to help the committee review our trustee services.