Redbook Chapter One

Organization and Operation of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Overseers

Article 1.1 The Board of Trustees

Sec. 1.1.1 Powers of the Board

In accordance with the statutory authority of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville shall exercise final jurisdiction over the University. It shall select the President of the University; and upon recommendation of the President, it shall make all appointments to the faculty and all appointments of individuals in administrative capacities who serve at the pleasure of the Board. The Board of Trustees shall adopt a budget annually for the ensuing year and grant all degrees conferred by the University.

Sec. 1.1.2 Voting by the Board

Each member of the Board of Trustees shall have a full and independent right to vote upon matters coming before the Board.

Sec. 1.1.3 Meetings of the Board

Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be held monthly, subject to modification as directed by the Board. Special meetings of the Board shall be held at the call of the Chairman or the President of the University or upon the request of three or more voting members of the Board.

Sec. 1.1.4 Officers and Committees of the Board

The officers of the Board shall consist of a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Secretary, and a Treasurer who shall also be a member of any committee on finance. The standing committees of the Board shall be an Executive Committee as provided in the By-laws of the Board and any committees established by the Board pursuant to its By-laws.  [This section revised by the Board of Trustees 11/25/02.]

Sec. 1.1.5 Suspension or Removal of University Personnel

  1. Board action in suspension or removal of University personnel is required only in those instances wherein the power of appointment has not been delegated to the President. Any administrator serving at the pleasure of the Board may be suspended or removed by the President, except that such action is subject to ratification by the Board.
  2. Removal of the President or a faculty member for incompetence, for neglect of or refusal to perform his or her duty, or for immoral conduct shall be taken in accordance with the minimum procedures as set out in KRS 164.360. Additional procedures relating to the termination of tenured faculty members before the end of their contract term are further set out in The Redbook to provide access to full academic due process for all individuals whose services to the University are discontinued in such circumstances.

Article 1.2 Board of Overseers

Sec. 1.2.1 Membership of the Board

The Board of Overseers of the University of Louisville shall consist of fifty-one voting members, at least two-thirds of whom shall reside in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The membership shall be broadly representative of the public.

Sec. 1.2.2 Election of the Board

Membership on the Board of Overseers for both voting and nonvoting members shall be by appointment in accordance with procedures set out in the By-laws of the Board.

Sec. 1.2.3 Purpose

The Board of Overseers shall be a body advisory to the President of the University with specific responsibility to assist the Office of the President in accordance with the following objectives:

  1. To maintain and enhance the quality and efficiency of the University's programs.
  2. To serve as a resource to the President for strategic planning and other special needs.
  3. To strengthen external relations.
  4. To assist the University in identifying and obtaining resources.

Sec. 1.2.4 Organization of the Board

A set of By-laws shall be established by the Board of Overseers. Such By-laws shall provide for membership, officers, committees, meetings and such other matters as may be necessary to carry out the duties of the Board of Overseers.

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