Article II

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Article II
Board of Trustees

Section 1. Board of Trustees. In accordance with its Charter, the College shall have no members. All corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the authority of, and the affairs of the College managed under the direction of, its Board of Trustees (the “Board”).

Section 2. Number, Tenure and Qualifications. The Board shall consist of between twenty (20) and thirty (30) regular voting Trustees (the “Trustees”) and the ex-officio and non-voting members of the Board. Members of the Board of Trustees need not be residents of the state of Tennessee. The number of Trustees may be fixed or changed from time to time, within the minimum and maximum, by the members of the Board of Trustees; provided, however, that a decrease in the number of Trustees shall not shorten an incumbent Trustee′s term. Trustees shall be elected at any regular or special meeting by a majority vote of the incumbent Trustees of the College, and shall assume office beginning with the fall meeting of the Board following their election or as otherwise determined by the Board, and serve for a term of three (3) years or until their successors are elected and qualified. Except for the Chair of the Board, Trustees may not be elected for more than three (3) consecutive three-year terms. At least twelve (12) months must have elapsed before any Trustee having served three consecutive three-year terms may be elected for another such term. Trustees whose terms of office are expiring shall be entitled to participate in the election of their successors. Despite the expiration of a Trustee’s term, he or she shall continue to serve either until his or her successor is elected and qualified or until there is a decrease in the number of Trustees. 
 
Section 3. Ex-Officio and Non-Voting Trustees. The President of the College shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board of Trustees. In addition, three (3) full-time members of the College faculty (the “Faculty Trustees”) and three (3) students in good standing at the College (the “Student Trustees”) shall be non-voting members of the Board of Trustees. Faculty Trustees shall be elected by the faculty governing body in a manner determined by such body, subject to the approval of the Board. Faculty Trustees shall be elected for a term of three (3) years. Student Trustees shall be elected by the student governing body in a manner determined by such body, subject to the approval of the Board. Student Trustees shall be elected for a term of one (1) year. Faculty Trustees and Student Trustees shall assume office beginning with the fall meeting of the Board following their election.  Despite the expiration of a Faculty Trustee’s or Student Trustee’s term, he or she shall continue to serve until his or her successor is elected and qualified or there is a decrease in the number of Faculty Trustees or Student Trustees, as the case may be.

Section 4. Resignation of a Trustee, Faculty Trustee or Student Trustee. A Trustee, Faculty Trustee or Student Trustee may resign at any time by delivering written notice to the Board of Trustees, the President, or to the College. A resignation shall be effective when the notice is delivered unless the notice specifies a later effective date. A vacancy created by a resignation that will occur at a specific later date may be filled before the vacancy occurs, but the new Trustee, Faculty Trustee or Student Trustee may not take office until the vacancy occurs.

Section 5. Removal of Trustees, Faculty Trustees or Student Trustees. Any member of the Board of Trustees may be removed for any one or more of the following reasons: dereliction of duties and responsibilities incident to Board membership; an unresolved conflict of interest; mental or physical incapacity; moral turpitude; financial malfeasance; or fraudulent or illegal conduct. A Trustee whom the Board seeks to remove shall be entitled to be heard at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees or at a special meeting called for that purpose and attended by a quorum. Any such removal must be approved by the affirmative vote of a majority of the then acting Trustees. At least fourteen (14) days prior to such meeting, the Trustee shall be furnished with a written description of the reason(s) his or her removal is sought. Any vacancy in the Board of Trustees caused by removal, death, resignation or an increase in the number of Trustees by reason of amendment of these By-Laws shall be filled as specified in Section 6 of Article II.

Section 6. Vacancies. Any vacancy occurring on the Board of Trustees may be filled by the body which originally elected the Trustee, Faculty Trustee or Student Trustee, as the case may be, in the manner provided in Section 2 or 3, as applicable. A Trustee, Faculty Trustee or Student Trustee elected to fill a vacancy shall be elected for the maximum number of complete consecutive terms provided by these By-Laws.

Section 7. Regular Meetings of the Board of Trustees. Regular meetings of the Board may be held at such time and place as the Board shall from time to time determine. The Board of Trustees shall permit any or all of the Board members to participate in a regular meeting by, or conduct the meeting through the use of, any means of communication by which all of the Trustees participating may simultaneously hear each other during the meeting. A Trustee participating in a meeting by this means shall be deemed to be present in person at the meeting.

Section 8. Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees. The annual meeting of the Board of Trustees shall be the Spring meeting and shall be held in or out of the state of Tennessee on the date selected by the Board of Trustees. The annual meeting may be conducted through the use of any means of communication by which all Board members participating may simultaneously hear each other during the meeting. A Board member participating in a meeting by this means is deemed to be present in person at the meeting.

Section 9. Special Meetings of the Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees may hold special meetings in or out of the state of Tennessee, and such meetings may be called by the Chairman, the President or any two (2) Trustees. The Board shall permit any or all of the Board members to participate in a special meeting by, or conduct the meeting through the use of, any means of communication by which all of the Board members participating can simultaneously hear each other during the meeting. A Board member participating in a meeting by this means shall be deemed to be present in person at the meeting.

Section 10. Notice of Meetings of the Board. Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be held without notice. Special meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be preceded by at least two (2) days′ notice to each Board member of the date, time and place of the meeting. The notice need not describe the purpose of the special meeting. Any Board action to remove a Board member or to approve a matter which would require approval by the members if the College had members, shall not be valid unless each Board member is given at least fourteen (14) days′ written notice that the matter will be voted upon at a meeting of the Board of Trustees or unless notice is waived pursuant to the provisions of Article II, Section 12 of these By-Laws. Notice of an adjourned meeting need not be given if the time and place to which the meeting is adjourned are fixed at the meeting at which the adjournment is taken and if the period of adjournment does not exceed one (1) month in any one (1) adjournment.

Section 11. Action Without Meeting.  Action required or permitted to be taken by the laws of the state of Tennessee at a meeting of the Board of Trustees may be taken without a meeting. If all the Trustees consent to taking such action without a meeting, the affirmative vote of the number of Trustees that would be necessary to authorize or to take such action at a meeting shall be the act of the Board. The action must be evidenced by one (1) or more written consents describing the action taken, signed by each Trustee in one (1) or more counterparts, indicating each signing Trustee′s vote or abstention on the action, and included in the minutes or filed with the corporate records reflecting the action taken. Action taken under this section shall be effective when the last Trustee signs the consent, unless the consent specifies a different effective date. A consent signed under the section shall have the effect of a meeting vote and may be described as such in any document.

Section 12. Waiver of Notice. A Board member may waive any notice required by these By-Laws, the Charter, or by any provision of the laws of the state of Tennessee, before or after the date and time stated in the notice. The waiver must be in writing, signed by the Board member entitled to the notice, and filed with the minutes or corporate records. In addition, a Board member′s attendance at or participation in a meeting waives any required notice to him or her of the meeting unless the Board member at the beginning of the meeting (or promptly upon his or her arrival) objects to holding the meeting or transacting business at the meeting and does not thereafter vote for or assent to the action taken at the meeting.

Section 13. Quorum and Voting. Except as otherwise provided by the laws of the state of Tennessee, the Charter or these By-Laws, a quorum of a Board of Trustees consists of a majority of the Trustees in office immediately before a meeting begins. When a quorum is once present to organize a meeting, a meeting may be later adjourned despite the absence of a quorum caused by the subsequent withdrawal of any of those Trustees present. If a quorum is present when a vote is taken, the affirmative vote of a majority of the Trustees present is the act of the Board unless the laws of the state of Tennessee, the Charter or By-Laws require the vote of a greater number of Trustees. A Trustee who is present at a meeting of the Board of Trustees when corporate action is taken shall be deemed to have assented to the action taken unless: (i) he or she objects at the beginning of the meeting (or promptly upon his arrival) to holding it or transacting business at the meeting; (ii) his or her dissent or abstention from the action taken is entered in the minutes of the meeting; or (iii) he or she delivers written notice of his dissent or abstention to the presiding officer of the meeting before its adjournment or to the College immediately after adjournment of the meeting. The right of dissent or abstention shall not be available to a Trustee who votes in favor of the action taken.

Section 14. Council of Emeriti Trustees. The Board of Trustees may elect any number of individuals to the Council of Council of Emeriti Trustees (the “Council”), as it, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate. The purpose of the Council of Emeriti Trustees is to advise the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and President on matters pertaining to the College. The Board of Trustees in its sole discretion shall determine the term of any member of the Council. A member of the Council may resign at any time by delivering a written notice to the Board of Trustees, its Chairman or President, or to the College. A resignation shall be effective when the notice is delivered unless the notice specifies a later date. Members of the Council serve at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees, and any member of the Council may be removed by the Board of Trustees at any time with or without cause.