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Chief Executive Officer
The institution has a chief executive officer whose primary responsibility is to the institution and who is not the presiding officer of the board.

Judgment
  Compliant      Non-Compliant      Not Applicable

Narrative

The president is appointed by and operates under the direction of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees to serve as the institution’s Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Robert M. Franklin currently serves in this capacity. The president has the power to vote and serves as an ex-officio member of all committees, except for the compensation committee. The president cannot preside over the board. The current chair of the Board of Trustees is Willie J. Davis. (See Minutes of Trusteeship Committee and the Board of Trustees meetings.) 

The Board of Trustees elects the president by majority vote. (See Minutes of April 28, 2007 Board of Trustees meeting.) The Board is responsible for assessing the president’s performance. The Board, through the compensation committee, sets his annual performance goals, evaluates the president’s performance and approves his annual compensation. (See minutes of compensation committee and board meetings.)

As the educational and administrative head of the College, the president is charged with the following responsibilities, without limitation:

  • Exercising general superintendence over all the affairs of the institution
  • Exercising authority over the administration of all aspects of the athletics program, including pproval of its budget and expenditures
  • Exercising ultimate control over fundraising activities
  • Exercising full authority and responsibility for the operation of the College under the policies set by the Board of Trustees
  • Performing all acts and executing all documents to make effective the actions of the Board of Trustees or its Executive Committee
  • Preparing and submtingit to the Finance Committee and the Board a budget of estimated receipts and expenditures for the subsequent academic year

An organizational chart reflects the president’s role within the institution and his relationship to the Board of Trustees. It also reflects the organization of the institution and the respective administrators, by area, who are charged with implementation of the Board policies. The senior administration periodically reviews these policies and reports their findings to the Board for refinement of the College’s mission, such as policies related to, among other things, academic programs (e.g. sports journalism program, facilities, including space utilization and deferred maintenance and financial management, including endowment spending, short-term investment policies and deferred compensation plans). (See minutes of committee and Board meetings.)

 
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