|The Board will govern Kalamazoo Valley Community
College with an emphasis on outward vision rather than an internal
preoccupation, encouragement of diversity in viewpoints, strategic leadership
rather than individual decisions, clear distinction of board and presidential
roles, consensus rather than individual decisions, and proactively rather than
More specifically, the Board will:
Operate in all ways mindful of its trusteeship obligation to the public.
It will allow no officer, individual, trustee or committee of the Board
to prevent its fulfilling this commitment.
Enforce upon itself whatever discipline is needed to govern with
excellence. Self-discipline will
apply to matters such as attendance, policy-making principles, respect of roles,
speaking with one voice, and ensuring continuity of governance capability.
Continual Board development will include orientation of new members on
the Board's governing process and periodic discussion of Board improvement.
Direct, control, and inspire the Institution through the careful
establishment of broad organizational policies reflecting the Board's values
and perspectives. The Board's major focus will be on the intended long-term
impacts and not on the administrative or programmatic means of attaining those
Cultivate a sense of group responsibility.
The Board, not the staff, will be responsible for excellence in
Monitor and discuss the Board's process and performance at each
meeting. Self-monitoring will
include a comparison of Board activity and adherence to policies in the Governance
Process and Board-Staff Relationship