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Bylaws

ARTICLE XIV
BYLAWS OF THE BOARD OF VISITORS

Section 1. COMPOSITION AND MEMBERSHIP. The Board of Visitors of South Carolina State University shall be comprised of thirty-one (31) members elected by the Board of Trustees from the following categories: six (6) members nominated by the six (6) members of the Board of Trustees representing the six (6) congressional districts; six (6) members nominated by the six (6) in-state at-large members of the Board of Trustees; one (1) member nominated by the Governor’s appointee of the Board of Trustees, three (3) members nominated by the South Carolina State University National Alumni Association, three (3) members nominated by the South Carolina State University Educational Foundation, Inc., one (1) faculty representative nominated by the South Carolina State University Faculty Senate; one (1) member nominated by the South Carolina State University Staff Senate; five (5) representatives nominated by the University President, and the remaining nominations shall be collectively submitted by members of the Board of Trustees. The aforementioned constituents may choose candidates who reside outside of the State of South Carolina. The South Carolina State University Board of Trustees shall approve all nominees by simple majority vote of its seated members.

The Chair of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina State University Educational Foundation, Inc. shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Visitors. The spouse of the University President may be an ex-officio member of the Board of Visitors. The South Carolina State University Vice President for Institutional Advancement, whose staff shall provide clerical assistance and logistical support to the Board, shall also serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Visitors.

Section 2. TERMS. The sixteen (16) members (of the first four constituents referenced in Section 1) shall serve terms of three (3) years. Fifteen (15) members shall serve terms of two (2) years, and thereafter, all terms of appointment shall be for two (2) years. Service shall begin July 1 and end June 30. Persons elected to the Board of Visitors shall be eligible to serve not more than two (2) consecutive terms and may not thereafter be elected to the Board of Visitors until after a break in service of not less than one (1) year. In the event a vacancy occurs on the Board of Visitors prior to the expiration of a member’s term, a successor shall be elected by the Board of Trustees to fulfill the un-expired portion of the term and shall be eligible to serve two (2) additional consecutive terms.

Section 3. PURPOSE AND DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF VISITORS. The Board of Visitors shall act as advocates of the University. Board members shall serve as an advisory body to the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees and assist the Board and the President in the overall advancement and image of the University.

Section 4. OFFICERS. The Officers of the Board of Visitors shall be Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary. The Officers of the Board of Visitors shall be elected by the members of the Board of Visitors for a one-year term, beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of each year. Officers may be re-elected for one additional term.

Section 5. THE STANDING COMMITTEES. The Standing Committees of the Board of Visitors shall be the following:

(a) The Executive Committee is comprised of the Chair, Vice-Chair, the Chair of each Standing Committee, and such other members as designated by the Chair. The Executive Committee is authorized to act on behalf of the Board of Visitors between meetings.

(b) The Alumni Relations Committee will work closely with the Division of Institutional Advancement to enhance the fulfillment of its missions in the area of Alumni Affairs.

(c) The Development Committee will work closely with the Board of Trustees, President, South Carolina State University Foundations, and the Division of Institutional Advancement to enhance the fulfillment of their missions.

(d) The Public Relations Committee will work closely with the Office of News and Communications to enhance the fulfillment of its missions.

(e) The Student Recruitment and Welfare Committee will work closely with the Office of Admissions and Recruitment and the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs to enhance their missions.

(f) The Chairman of the Board of Visitors may designate any ad hoc committee(s) deemed necessary to accomplish the mission of the Board of Visitors.

Section 6. MEETINGS. The Board of Visitors shall meet three times annually and at other times as called by the Chair of the Board of Visitors after consultation with the Chair of the Board of Trustees and President of the University. At least one of the regular meetings annually shall coincide with dates for a regular meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees. All members will become a member of at least one Standing Committee. Members must attend or participate via teleconference in at least one of the annually scheduled meetings. If not, the member would be dropped from the BOV after their BOT nominator has communicated with the member about their attendance record.