Roles and Responsibilities of the OSU/Tulsa Board of Trustees

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1.

The Board expects Oklahoma State University/Tulsa (OSU/Tulsa), created effective January 1, 1999, to deliver academic programs of the highest quality which respond to the needs of the citizens of the Tulsa metropolitan area. A key element to the success of OSU/Tulsa is a Board of Trustees created by Section 3.A. of Senate Bill 1426, Forty-Sixth Legislature, Second Regular Session, providing as follows:

On January 1, 1999, there shall be created the Board of Trustees for Oklahoma State University/Tulsa which shall consist of seven members who reside in Tulsa County or contiguous counties and two members of the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges (A&M Board) who shall serve as voting, ex officio members, one of whom shall reside in the First Congressional District. The second member from the A&M Board shall be appointed by the A&M Board. For purposes of serving on the Board of Trustees, the members of the A&M Board who are appointed to the Board of Trustees shall not be subject to the dual office holding restrictions in Section 6 of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The Governor shall appoint the other members of the Board of Trustees with the advice and consent of the Senate. The members shall be appointed to numbered positions with staggered terms to expire as provided in this section. Successors to the initial board members shall serve seven-year terms that shall expire on June 30 of the seventh year following appointment. Vacancies on the Board shall be filled for the unexpired term by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Four of the nine members on the initial Board of Trustees shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate from the members of the Board of Regents of Rogers University who are residents of Tulsa and are serving on the effective date of this act. The four members appointed from the Board of Regents of Rogers University shall be appointed to the positions numbered one through four. The remaining three members appointed by the Governor shall be appointed to positions five through seven. The member of the A&M Board who resides in the First Congressional District shall hold position number eight. The second member of the A&M Board shall hold position number nine. The numbered positions and terms shall be as follows:

  • Position No. 1: The term of office of one member shall expire on the 30th day of June, 2000, and each seven (7) years thereafter;
  • Position No. 2: The term of office of one member shall expire on the 30th day of June, 2001, and each seven (7) years thereafter;
  • Position No. 3: The term of office of one member shall expire on the 30th day of June, 2002, and each seven (7) years thereafter;
  • Position No. 4: The term of office of one member shall expire on the 30th day of June, 2003, and each seven (7) years thereafter;
  • Position No. 5: The term of office of one member shall expire on the 30th day of June, 2004, and each seven (7) years thereafter;
  • Position No. 6: The term of office of one member shall expire on the 30th day of June, 2005, and each seven (7) years thereafter;
  • Position No. 7: The term of office of one member shall expire on the 30th day of June, 2006, and each seven (7) years thereafter;
  • Position No. 8: The term of office shall coincide with the member's term on the A&M Board; and
  • Position No. 9: The term of office shall coincide with the member's term on the A&M Board.
2.
Duties specifically assigned to the Board of Trustees by Senate Bill 1426 are as follows:
 
2.1
The Board of Trustees shall be a body corporate and shall adopt and use an official seal. The Board shall elect a chair, vice-chair, and secretary annually, each of whom shall serve for a term of one fiscal year and until a successor is elected and qualified, and who shall perform such duties as the Board directs. The Board shall adopt rules which it deems necessary for the operation of the Board and the discharge of its duties and shall cause the minutes of all meetings to be kept. The Board shall comply with the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act and the Oklahoma Open Records Act.
 
2.2
The Board of Trustees shall promulgate rules and enact policies to govern its processes and procedures.
 
2.3
Subject to the oversight of the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, the Board of Trustees of Oklahoma State University/Tulsa shall set the compensation of the president of Oklahoma State University/Tulsa.
 
2.4
The Board of Trustees shall establish the usual and customary accounts established by higher education institutions within the Office of State Finance necessary to carry out is duties.
 
2.5
The Board of Trustees shall appoint two of its members to the search committee which consults with the President of Oklahoma State University regarding his/her recommendation of a candidate for president of OSU/Tulsa to the Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents.
3.
Pursuant to the authority granted it by Senate Bill 1426, the Board of Regents hereby assigns the following additional roles and responsibilities to the Board of Trustees:
 
3.1
The Board of Trustees will have a comprehensive advisory role in all aspects of the operation of OSU/Tulsa.
 
3.2
The Board of Trustees will receive information pertaining to administrative services, academic offerings, and student services.
 
3.3
The Board of Trustees will assist the President of OSU/Tulsa in identifying opportunities to improve all operations of the institution and suggest solutions and priorities.
 
3.4
The Board of Trustees shall annually review the budget for OSU/Tulsa before presentation to the Board of Regents for approval along with other OSU constituent budget agencies.
 
3.5
The Board of Trustees may comment regarding OSU/Tulsa personnel actions consistent with Policy No. 3.08 which are submitted to the Board of Regents for approval.
 
3.6
It is the expectation of the Board of Regents that the President of OSU/Tulsa will seek the advice of the Board of Trustees and keep it informed of all sensitive matters which affect the operation of OSU/Tulsa.
 
3.7
Members of the Board of Regents who are also members of the Board of Trustees are expected to provide effective liaison between the Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees on all important matters.
Approved Date: 
December 4, 1998