|The Kalamazoo Valley Community College District follows John Carver's
concept of Policy Governance, emphasizing vision, values, and empowerment of the
both the Board of Trustees and people who work at the Institution. This model of
governance allows the Board to focus on the real business of governance: creating, sustaining, and
fulfilling the vision of the Institution, while setting broad parameters for the chief executive
officer under which to operate.
|The board has defined which goals are to be met
and measured throughout the year. These goals are identified as the Ends
policies of the Board. The means by which to fulfill these Ends policies
are left up to the chief executive officer.
|These policies articulate the boundaries of acceptability that the chief executive
officer (the President) can operate and run the institution.
|The staff-board linkage policies define the
relationship of the Board to the President as well as the President to the
Board. These policies include the delegation of specific authority from
the Board to the President, the Board's role in evaluating the President, and
establishing the job description of the President.
|These policies clearly spell out the role of the Board and how the Board will conduct
its business. They define its governing style, job description (has a
whole and for the officers of the Board), and
how they will operate, including setting standards of conduct to ensure there is
no conflict of interest in all operations and decisions.