1.20 Leadership, Values and Tenets of Community College Trusteeship
last revised: Mar-1990
The community college is an egalitarian institution committed to the principle that higher education should be available to every person who can benefit. The purpose of a comprehensive community college is to serve all who then can serve to build a better society.
The primary task of the Board of Trustees is to serve as a regenerative force, always expanding and improving the College's service to people. Given this basic condition, the activities and deliberations of the Board of Trustees will be governed by the following:
Respect is a moral disposition which requires determined consideration of all things, both living and material. Respect is no friend of tolerance. Respect reaches into the thing considered and comes to understand and appreciate its qualities
Honesty and Integrity
Honesty and Integrity can survive anything. Honesty is a glass house, no secrets, always open, always engaged. Integrity is the house foundation; it is the stage on which honesty stands.
Compassion is genuine concern and interest in everything – people, things, projects, and activities. Compassion is always working. Compassion cares.
Trustees have but one allegiance that is to the institution and its mission. Representing special constituencies dilutes trust and undermines institutional mission.
To achieve distinction requires commitment, and commitment requires the devotion of time, thought, energy, effort, and ability whenever needed.
About Creating a Culture of Sustainability
When the Board of Trustees weaves the core values into sustainable concepts with a perspective measured by the Triple Bottom Line (Environment, People, Economics), the College becomes values driven exceeding its mission.
The Board of Trustees has the authority and autonomy to be original, creative, and regenerative; that is its responsibility. If the College is to become an institution of distinction, it will be because the Board demonstrates and requires distinctive service.
Purpose achieved with distinction does not occur in a vacuum. It occurs because there is a Board desire for distinction and a willingness to measure how well it is achieved.
Power rests mostly with the Board of Trustees but also extends far beyond it. Trustee power and influence well used will result in staff power and influence well used; students will be served.
The purpose of an educational institution is more than a Board decision. It is a Board responsibility. Defining the institution is a critical task, which requires continuing review.
All activities in which the College engages – teaching, serving, and guiding – must be evaluated by their effect upon students and community. How the College serves its community, how it serves and prepares its students are fundamental criteria by which the College must be measured.
The Board is made up of individuals with differing values and beliefs, and debate is expected and natural. Although there are individual expressions, there are no individual decisions. Board decisions must be team decisions.