Student Handbook

Organizational Structures

Board of Trustees Membership and Management

When the State of Michigan recognized and chartered the private non-profit corporation called “Alma College,” it placed the responsibility for the operation of this legally created “person” in a group of people called the Board of Trustees. The management of the college and its business shall be vested in a Board of Trustees consisting of no more than forty eight (48) and no less than thirty (30) persons, as determined at each annual meeting, who shall also be members of the corporation, an appropriate number of whom shall be elected each year by the Board of Trustees normally for a term of three (3) years, and who shall be designated by three (3) classes, each containing approximately the same number as determined by the Committee on Trustees, and identified by the year in which the term expires. The president, as chief executive officer of the College shall serve as ex officio member of the Board and all its committees.

The successors of such trustees shall be elected by the Board of Trustees, and the persons so elected shall hold such office normally for a term of three (3) years, provided, however, (a) that no trustee hereafter elected shall normally serve more than three (3) consecutive three (3) year terms without an interruption of at least one (1) year, and (b) that no trustee shall hereafter be elected who shall have attained the age of seventy-two (72) years at the time of the election.

The Board of Trustees may annually appoint associate trustees from the faculty and student body together with such other individuals to serve as advisory and consultative members of the Board of Trustees.

Organization of the Board of Trustees

At the annual meeting of the Board each year, or at any other meeting of the Board, if the Board shall so determine, it shall elect a chair, a vice chair for administration, a vice chair for institutional development, a vice chair for educational affairs, a vice chair for finance and management services, and a secretary from its membership, as well as a treasurer, and an assistant secretary, who need not be members of the Board, who shall hold office for the ensuing year and until their successors have been elected and qualified.