WTC 3.2.3 Narrative
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Section 3.2 Governance and Administration

3.2.3

The board has a policy addressing conflict of interest for its members.

Compliance
Partial Compliance
Non-Compliance





Narrative:

Western Texas College Board Policy 8251, Section I, Part A (LINK) states “No member of the Board of Trustees shall engage in an activity, commercial or otherwise, which would compromise the Board member’s ability to perform the duties as a trustee.  Also, the presiding officer of the Board and a majority of the other voting members must have no contractual, employment, or personal, or familial financial interest in the institution.”  Furthermore, Section I, Parts A.1.a, Part 2. a, b, Part 3. a and Part 4 a, b, and c of the same policy address conflict of interest in proscribed activities, definitions of “business entity,” “substantial interest,” affidavit, and exceptions.  The Board is bound by state law to follow the disclosure and abstention procedure set forth in the State of Texas Attorney General Opinion JM-424 (1986), (LINK) which concerns conflict of interest by certain local public officials, including school board members.  Board members are also required by the independent auditor (LINK to Related Party Questionnaire) to certify annually any “information about transactions between Western Texas College and any related parties.” 

Members of the Board of Trustees receive training regarding their responsibilities at the Texas Association of Community Colleges Trustees and Administrators meeting held each year in Austin, Texas, a conference sponsored by Texas Association of Community Colleges.  Board minutes (LINK to minutes 11/08/04, 11/14/05) indicate that members of the Board of Trustees attend the annual Texas Association of Community Colleges Trustee and Administrators Conference and inform the board of information gathered at the conference. Also, the board is invited annually to Austin, Texas, to attend the Closing the Gaps Governing Board Conference sponsored by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.   Finally, new board members are provided information and orientation regarding their duties and conflict of interest requirements in keeping with Board Policy 8210.  (LINK)

Evidence of Support:

Western Texas College Policy 8210
Western Texas College Policy 8251
State of Texas Attorney General Opinion JM-424 (1986)
Related Party Questionnaire
Board Minutes


 

 


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