Article 1: Officers of the Board
The governance of Washington State University (University) shall be vested in a Board of Regents (Board) consisting of ten members (Regents), one of who shall be a student.
The Officers of the Board shall consist of a President, who shall also be known as the Chair of the Board (Chair), and a Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Election and Appointment Process
At its regular meeting held after the first Wednesday in April of each year, the Board shall elect by majority vote, as defined in Article II, Section 6, a Chair and Vice Chair, as nominated by the Executive Committee, based upon the advice of the Board and in consultation with the President of the University. The Chair and Vice Chair shall hold office for a one-year term, commencing on May 16 or until their successors are elected.
The President of the University shall serve as Secretary of the Board as prescribed by RCW 28B.30.135. Secretary of the Board, where used in these Bylaws hereinafter, shall refer to the President of the University.
The Treasurer of the Board shall be the Vice President for Finance and Administration of the University, unless the Board in its discretion appoints another individual to this office.
The Chair of the Board shall preside at all meetings of the Board and shall sign all written instruments on behalf of the Board that are necessary to implement programs and policies which have been approved by the Board. The Chair of the Board shall have the authority and responsibility to perform the duties customarily attached to the office and shall have such other authority and duties as prescribed by these Bylaws and the Board
The Vice Chair of the Board shall have the authority to perform the duties of the Chair of the Board in the event of the Chair’s absence or incapacity. The Vice Chair may have such other authority and duties as prescribed by these Bylaws and the Board.
The Secretary of the Board shall not have the right to vote. The Secretary shall be responsible for giving notice of all meetings of the Board, and recording and keeping of the minutes of the proceedings of the Board; shall be the custodian of all official records of the Board; shall attest all instruments required to be signed by the Chair of the Board; and shall perform all the duties pertaining to the office and do all other things required by the Board.
The Treasurer shall not have the right to vote. The Treasurer shall be the financial officer of the Board and shall render a true and faithful account of all moneys received and paid out.
Vacancies in Office
In the event of resignation, disability, or death of the Chair of the Board, the Vice Chair of the Board shall assume the office of the Chair. In the event of a vacancy in the office of the Vice Chair, the vacancy shall be filled by a majority vote of the Board in the same manner as is provided in Article I, Section 3, of these Bylaws.