The Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges (“the Board”), also referred to as the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, is a public body created through a referendum vote of the citizens of Oklahoma on July 11, 1944. Its authority stems from Article VI, § 31a of the Oklahoma Constitution. However, the predecessor in interest of the Board, the Oklahoma State Board of Agriculture, was recognized by the Oklahoma Supreme Court as long ago as 1910 as being coextensive with the power granted to the Oklahoma Territorial Board of Agriculture.
The Board consists of nine members, one of whom is the President of the State Board of Agriculture. The remaining eight members are appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Except for the President of the State Board of Agriculture, Board members are appointed for eight-year terms to numbered positions on the Board representing Congressional Districts One through Five and three at-large appointments.
The Board has the supervision, management and control of five institutions, including Connors State College, Langston University, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and Oklahoma State University and its constituent agencies which include the Agricultural Experiment Station, the Agricultural Extension Division, OSU Institute of Technology-Okmulgee, the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, OSU-Oklahoma City, the OSU Center for Health Sciences, and OSU-Tulsa.
The Board’s powers to govern are constitutional pursuant to Article VI, § 31a of the Oklahoma Constitution, and also include, but are not limited to, those powers enumerated in Title 70, Oklahoma Statutes, § 3412, and other laws and judicial decisions of the State of Oklahoma. In the exercise of these powers the Board has declared as its mission to strive for service to people which is characterized by the highest degree of cooperation and communication among system institutions; quality of programs which meet or exceed the expectations of people seeking service of any kind at any tier of the system; efficiency of operations in order to focus resources in a manner that will best support the educational needs of the people served; and accountability to the people of Oklahoma in providing an appropriate array of high quality educational opportunities in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the State of Oklahoma.
The purpose of this publication is to present the policies established by the Board, and it is prepared as a service to the Board and the institutions under its control. Separate individual institutional policies also exist pertaining to other matters not covered herein.
The contents herein shall in no way be taken as the basis of, or as instituting, any contractual rights between the Board and any person or employee. It is intended as a summary of the present practices compiled for the general convenience of employees of the Board. Of necessity, it cannot be complete in all detail and cannot, through error or omission, restrict the lawful powers of the Board.
June 20, 1997
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