Increases the membership of the board of trustees of the state university of New York from seventeen to eighteen members; new member to be the president of the faculty council of community colleges.
Ayes (32): Kruger, Krueger, Stachowski, Oppenheimer, Montgomery, Duane, Parker, Stavisky, Dilan, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Diaz, Espada, Klein, Perkins, Valesky, Peralta, DeFrancisco, Johnson O, Volker, Padavan, LaValle, Seward, Saland, Farley, Hannon, Larkin, Nozzolio, Leibell, Maziarz, Marcellino, Robach
Ayes W/R (1): Thompson
BILL NUMBER: S1656
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the education law, in relation to the membership of the board of trustees of the state university of New York
PURPOSE : This bill adds faculty representation to the State University Board of Trustees.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : This bill amends Subdivision 1 of Section 353 of the Education Law, adding an 18th member of the State University Board of Trustees. The board currently consists of 16 members, 15 of whom are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, and the president of the Student Assembly serving ex-officio. A 17th member, added by Chapter 127 of 2006, will be the president of the University Faculty Senate, who will serve as a non-voting ex-officio member effective July 1, 2007. This legislation will give the president of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges a seat on the Board, as a non-voting, ex-officio member.
JUSTIFICATION : The Faculty Council of Community Colleges represents approximately 14,000 faculty, teaching over half the students enrolled in SUNY and instructing the majority of its freshman and sophomore students. In 2006, the Legislature affirmed the need for faculty representation of the Board of Trustees by adding an additional seat on the Board for the President of the University Faculty Senate. However, the community college faculty are not represented by the University Faculty Senate, but rather the Faculty Council of Community Colleges. As more and more students enroll in community colleges, those colleges have unique issues that should be addressed though representation on the Board.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007-2008: A.6626/S.3818 Referred to Higher Education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 1656 A. 4422 2009-2010 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y February 4, 2009 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. LAVALLE, DIAZ, LITTLE, MORAHAN, ONORA- TO, VOLKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. CANESTRARI -- read once and referred to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the membership of the board of trustees of the state university of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 353 of the education law, as amended by chapter 127 of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows: 1. The state university shall be governed, and all of its corporate powers exercised, by a board of trustees. Such board shall consist of
[seventeen]EIGHTEEN members, fifteen of whom shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, one of whom shall be the president of the student assembly of the state university, ex-offi- cio and voting, [and]one of whom shall be the president of the univer- sity faculty senate, ex-officio and non-voting, AND ONE OF WHOM SHALL BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES, EX-OFFICIO AND NON-VOTING. Such ex-officio members shall be subject to every provision of any general, special, or local law, ordinance, charter, code, rule, or regulation applying to the voting members of such board with respect to the discharge of their duties, including, but not limit- ed to, those provisions setting forth codes of ethics, disclosure requirements, and prohibiting business and professional activities. One member of the board shall be designated by the governor as chairperson and one as vice-chairperson. Of the members first appointed, two shall be appointed for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred fifty-two; one for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth,EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02514-01-9 S. 1656 2 A. 4422
nineteen hundred fifty-three; two for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred fifty-four; one for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred fifty-five; two for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred fifty-six; one for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred fifty-seven; two for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nine- teen hundred fifty-eight; one for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred fifty-nine; two for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred sixty; and one for a term which shall expire on June thirtieth, nineteen hundred sixty-one. Vacan- cies shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as original appointments. The term of office of each trustee appointed on or after April first, nineteen hundred eighty-six shall be seven years, except those of the student member and the faculty
[member]MEMBERS. Trustees shall receive no compensation for their services but shall be reimbursed for their expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties under this article. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.