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Represents the interests of Florida's College Trustees


WHAT WE DO

The Trustees Commission promotes and enhances the college system of the State of Florida by serving as a liaison with the general membership of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC), and by providing trustees within the Florida College System with education opportunities with regard to their duties and responsibilities, by keeping such trustees informed about matters of concern to all of the colleges, and by providing a forum for such trustees to discuss the issues common to the college system.

 

COMMISSION RESOURCES:

  1. Executive Board
  2. Bylaws
  3. Awards and Recognition
  4. Announcements
  5. Previous Award Winners
  6. Resources

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Chair: Tim Morris, Lake-Sumter State College
Chair-Elect: Barbara Miedema, Palm Beach State College
Past Chair: Dipa Shah, Hillsborough Community College 
Secretary: Cynthia Ross, Polk State College
Legislative Liaison: Karen Moore, Tallahassee Community College


BYLAWS

Recognizing the need to establish procedures and guidelines as they reflect the rights, responsibilities, and objectives of its membership, the Trustees Commission hereby adopts these Bylaws:  

ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA COLLEGES

 BYLAWS of the

TRUSTEES COMMISSION

 

ARTICLE I:  NAME

The name of this organization shall be the Trustees Commission of the Association of Florida Colleges.

ARTICLE II:  PURPOSE

The purpose of this organization shall be to promote and enhance the community college system of the State of Florida by serving in a liaison capacity with the State Board of  Education, by serving as liaison with the general membership of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC), and by providing trustees within the community college system with education opportunities with regard to their duties and responsibilities, by keeping such trustees informed about matters of concern to all of the community colleges, and by providing a forum for such trustees to discuss the issues common to the community college system.

ARTICLE III:  MEMBERS

Each duly commissioned trustee of a public community college of the State of Florida is a member in good standing of the Association of Florida Colleges and a member of the Trustees Commission.

ARTICLE IV:  OFFICERS

SECTION 1 

The officers shall consist of a chair, chair-elect, secretary, legislative liaison and the immediate past chair. 

 SECTION 2         

The chair shall serve for a one year term and shall be succeeded in office at the completion of said term by the chair-elect.  The chair-elect shall be elected for a one year term to this office at the annual meeting of the Trustees Commission.  All other officers shall be elected at the annual  meeting of the Trustees Commission for a one-year term.  No officer may serve in the same office for more than two consecutive terms.

SECTION 3         

Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Trustees Commission at the AFC annual convention and shall assume office on July 1st  following the annual convention, and serve until June 30 of the following year.

SECTION 4  The chair shall appoint a nominating committee to present nominees to the membership for the offices subject to election at the annual meeting.  There may be nominations from the floor.

SECTION 5         

If a vacancy should occur in the office of chair, the chair-elect shall assume the office of the chair. If vacancies should occur in the offices of both the chair and the chair-elect, the immediate past chair shall assume the office of chair until the next regularly scheduled odd number year annual                meeting election.  All other vacancies shall be filled by the Executive Board (as defined in Section 6 below) and shall serve until the next annual meeting of the Trustees Commission.

SECTION 6          Duties of officers:

                              a. Chair

                                  1) The chairman shall preside at all Commission and Executive Board meetings.

                                  2) The chairman shall serve as liaison with the State Board of Education and with the Council of Presidents.

                              b. Chair-elect

                                  1) The chairman-elect shall act in the absence of the chairman or as directed.

                              c. Immediate Past Chair Past Chair

                                  1) The immediate past chair shall conduct duties as assigned by the Chair and assure a smooth transition of commission                                                  leadership annually.

                              d. Secretary

                                  1) The secretary shall record minutes of the Commission meetings and work with the AFC CEO to maintain accurate records.

                              e. Legislative Liaison

                                  1) The legislative liaison shall act as a liaison with the Executive Board, the AFC lobbyists, the Council of Presidents, and the                                            Advocacy and Governmental Relations Committee relating to the Florida College System.                           

ARTICLE V:  EXECUTIVE BOARD

The Executive Board shall consist of the chairman, chairman-elect, secretary, legislative liaison, and immediate past chairman, and shall act for the membership between annual and special meetings. The chairman shall appoint, with confirmation by the Executive Board, no less than 5 or more than 10 members-at-large who will serve in an ex-officio, advisory capacity to the Executive Board.  These at-large members shall constitute the Advocacy and Governmental Relations Committee.

ARTICLE VI:  MEETINGS

SECTION 1         

There shall be an annual meeting of the Trustees Commission, which may be held at or near the same time as the annual meeting of the Association of Florida Colleges.

SECTION 2        

The Trustees Commission shall meet jointly with the Council of Presidents at least annually to discuss legislative and other matters of mutual concern.

SECTION  3        

Each community college trustee in attendance shall be entitled to one vote at all meetings of the Trustees Commission.

SECTION  4        

Special meetings of the Commission may be called at the discretion of the chairman of the Trustees Commission or by the written request of at least fifteen chairmen of the District Boards of Trustees.

SECTION  5        

Representation of eight community colleges at any meeting shall constitute a quorum.

SECTION  6        

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the Commission in all cases to which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order that the Commission may adopt.

ARTICLE VII:  COMMITTEES

The chairman is authorized to establish committees, at his or her discretion, to carry out the purposes of the commission.

ARTICLE VIII:  AWARDS

The chairman is authorized to establish a committee for the purpose of selecting the recipient of the Trustees Commission Trustee of the Year award and to make the award annually at the annual meeting of the Trustees Commission.

ARTICLE IX:  AMENDMENTS

These bylaws may be amended at the annual meeting or at a special meeting by a majority of voting members provided the proposed change(s) have been submitted in written form to the Executive Board at least thirty days prior to the meeting.

ARTICLE X:  ANTI-CONFLICT PROVISION

Nothing contained herein shall be construed in such manner as to conflict with the bylaws of the Association of Florida Colleges.

Amended: November, 1993; October, 1995; November, 1996; November, 1998; October, 2003; November, 2009; November, 2010; November, 2016

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION 

In recognition of the tremendous contribution made by college trustees in meeting the needs of their college and community, the AFC Trustees Commission recognizes one exemplary trustee annually. The AFC Trustees Commission call for nominations is posted by September 1 of each year.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.  AFC Florida Trustee of the Year Award information coming soon. 


PREVIOUS TRUSTEE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

2017    Karen Moore, Tallahassee Community College
2016    Tami Cullens, South Florida State College
2015    Tim Morris, Lake-Sumter State College
2014    Col. Arley W. McRae, Santa Fe College
2013    Scott Howat, Seminole State College
2012    Karen Durden, Gulf Coast State College



RESOURCES

 The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) - website

Trustee Education (ACCT)

Frequently Asked Questions - presented at the 2014 Trustees Commission Annual Meeting

Understanding Articulation in Florida

Florida College System Publications