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Compliance Certification Report
Core Requirement 2.2


Last Updated August 13, 2004
(static edition)


Core Requirement 2.2:

The institution has a governing board of at least five members that is the legal body with specific authority over the institution. The board is an active policy-making body for the institution and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the financial resources of the institution are adequate to provide a sound educational program. The board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from it. Neither the presiding officer of the board, nor the majority of other voting members of the board, have contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution.

A military institution authorized and operated by the federal government to award degrees has a public board in which neither the presiding officer nor a majority of the other members are civilian employees of the military or active/retired military. The board has broad and significant influence upon the institution’s programs and operations, plays an active role in policy-making, and ensures that the financial resources of the institution are used to provide a sound educational program. The board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from the board except as specified by the authorizing legislation. Neither the presiding officer of the board, nor the majority of other voting board members, have contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution.

The Institution Certifies Compliance: Yes

Compliance report completed by: Audit Team 1

Statement of Rationale for Judgment of Compliance:

The University of Memphis is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). [1] The Board consists of eighteen members including the governor, the commissioner of education, the commissioner of agriculture, and the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, who are ex officio members. Twelve public members are appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the Tennessee State Senate, for six-year terms. One member of the Board is a student appointed by the governor for a one-year term, and one member is a faculty member from a Board institution, also appointed by the governor for a one-year term. Selection and terms of Board members as well as their duties are delineated in board policy. [2]

Both board policy and Tennessee state law (cited in TBR Policy 1:02:03:10) have regulations and restrictions to protect against conflict of interest. [3]  

The policy on “Duties of the Board” [4] states that the Board is “responsible for the operation of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee as provided by the laws of the State of Tennessee” and is “responsible for the government, management, and control of the system.” As an active policy-making body, the board has the duty to “prescribe curricula and requirements for degrees and diplomas” and to “establish policies and regulations regarding campus life,” among other policy-making duties. Regarding financial obligations towards the institution, the Board is required to “approve the operating and capital budgets of each institution and center and otherwise set policies for their fiscal affairs.”

The following is a detailed listing of the duties of the Board: [4]

  • Employ the chancellor, define his or her duties, and within budgetary limitations, fix his or her compensation.
  • Select and employ presidents of the institutions and set their salaries and terms of office.
  • Confirm the appointment of administrative personnel, faculty, and other employees of each institution and technology center, and fix their salaries and terms of office.
  • Prescribe curricula and requirements for diplomas and degrees.
  • Approve the operating and capital budgets of each institution and center and otherwise set policies for their fiscal affairs.
  • Establish policies and regulations regarding the campus life of the institutions and centers, including, but not limited to, the conduct of students, student housing, parking, and safety.
  • Assume general responsibility for the operations of the institutions and centers, delegating to the presidents and technology center directors such powers and duties as are necessary and appropriate for the efficient administration of their respective institutions and centers and their programs.
  • Receive donations of money, securities, and property from any source on behalf of the institutions and area schools of the system, which gifts shall be used in accordance with the conditions set by the donor.
  • Purchase land subject to the terms and conditions of state regulations, condemn land, erect buildings and equip them for the institutions and centers subject to the terms and conditions of legislative appropriations.
  • Be vested with title to property transferred from the state Board of Education and to property donated or purchased subsequent thereto.

Board meetings are held quarterly and are open to the public. Minutes of the meetings are available online. [5]


Relevant Organizational Unit(s):

Tennessee Board of Regents; Office of the President


Supporting Documentation and Evidence:

[1]

Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 8, Provision 101,et seq, Education, State University and Community College System, System Established

TBR Policy 1:01:00:00 System of Governance

TBR Policy 1:02:01:00 Purpose of the Board

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[2] Members of TBR

TBR Policy 1:02:04:00 Selection and Terms of Board Members

TBR, Board Members

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[3] TBR Policy 1:02:03:10 Conflict of Interest
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[4] TBR Policy 1:02:02:00 Duties of Board
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[5] Meetings of the TBR

TBR Policy 1:02:07:00 Meetings of the Board

TBR Meeting Minutes Index

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