Section 3.2 Governance and Administration
The governing board has a policy whereby members can be dismissed only for appropriate reasons and by a fair process.
In accordance with Texas law and local Board policies, members of the Western Texas College Board of Trustees may be dismissed only for cause and with due process. The State of Texas Education Code 44.032 (e), “Board Members; Vacancies and Removal from Office,” (LINK) states the following:
Board members may be removed from Board membership for incompetency, official misconduct, intoxication on or off duty caused by drinking an alcoholic beverage (but not if it was caused by drinking such beverage on the direction and prescription of a licensed physician), or conviction by a jury for any felony or for misdemeanor official misconduct. “Official misconduct” includes conviction of an offense relating to violation of purchase procedures. Action for removal of Board members must be brought before the judge of the district court holding jurisdiction, except that any court convicting a Trustee of a felony or official misconduct shall order immediate removal.
Further, Board Policy 8252, (LINK) Section I, Part A, Sub-section 1 regarding InternalBoard Operations for Removal from Office indicates that Board members may only be removed from office in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 87 (LINK) of the Texas Local Government Code. The policy provides that removal of a member of the Board “must be brought in compliance with this Chapter.”
Evidence of Support:
State of Texas Education Code 44.032 (e)
State of Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 87
Institutional Policy Manual, Board Policy 8252