Standards of Practice and Roles and Responsibilities
- Highline Community College Board of Trustees serves
District 9, deriving its authority from the Governor and
legislated responsibilities as representatives of the
community. Trustees are appointed by Washington
State’s Governor to serve, and advocate on behalf of,
- The Board of Trustees shall monitor Highline Community
College’s Strategic Initiatives on behalf of the community
and the State’s public interest.
- The Board of Trustees shall review and authorize academic
tenure for the college.
- The Board of Trustees shall select, retain and, on an annual
basis, evaluate the CEO.
- The Board shall pass the College’s annual budget or provide
authority to expend funds as appropriate.
- Board of Trustees’ self-evaluation shall occur yearly to
evaluate board performance and to identify strengths and
strategies for improvement.
- All meetings are open to the public adhering to the open
meetings act serving the public’s interest free of conflict of
interest or personal gain.
- The Board shall delegate all operational responsibilities to
the CEO and appointing authority to the CEO.
- Board Members shall be mindful & respectful in distinguishing
the Board’s governing role versus operational/administrative
roles or activities of the college and the CEO.
- The Board of Trustees shall develop, establish and support
college policy working in good faith with the CEO to uphold the
mission and vision of the institution; and maintain open
communication between the Board and the CEO.
- The Board of Trustees shall evaluate/review with the CEO
standards of quality & accountability in management of
funds/assets, monitoring educational programs/student success,
and the college commitment to equal and fair treatment of the
student body, including its employees. (Equal Employment
Opportunity Policy Statement listed below)
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement
The Highline Community College Board of Trustees herein reaffirms its policy of equal employment regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, genetic information or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran.
The Board is committed to affirmative action for Native Americans/Alaskan Natives, Asians/Pacific Islanders, Blacks, Hispanics, women, persons age 40 and over, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans, and Vietnam era veterans.
This policy applies to all levels and in all segments of the College involving both academic and staff employees. The goal of the College is to ensure that there is truly equal opportunity for everyone. To this end, all matters relating to compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoff, college sponsored training, education, tuition assistance, social and recreation programs will be free of discriminatory practices without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. The College, consistent with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), will not obtain any genetic information (including family medical history) from applicants or employees. It is the obligation of the Board, administration, and other supervisory personnel to ensure that faculty and staff at all levels carry out the intent and the spirit of this Equal Employment Policy and Affirmative Action Program.
Unique strengths and qualities of each Trustee shall focus on
integrative/ethical perspectives governing as a collaborative
unit in the best interest of the general public regarding
promotion of Highline Community College in District 9.
Support fostering partnerships with business and government,
in addition to support of the HCC Foundation.
- Questions and/or concerns regarding College operations are to
be directed to the President. The President will serve as
the primary communications liaison between the Board, Executive
Staff, Staff, and Faculty.
- Excellent Trusteeship remains committed to collaboration,
listening, critical thinking with clarification, flexibility,
optimism, and support for each other on behalf of Highline
Community College and the community it serves.
- Regular Meeting: There shall be eleven regular meetings of
the Board of Trustees at such times/places as the Chair/Trustees
- Special Meeting: Any Board member with the support of
an additional Board member may request a meeting at any time
with request submitted to the chair. Discussion and potential
final actions shall be held in open public session unless
executive session is required to discuss the performance of an
- Notice of Meetings: Notification of the date, time, purpose,
and location of meetings shall be transmitted under guidelines
of the Washington State Open Meetings Act, governed by the
requirements of chapter 42.30 RCW (found under Chapter
- Quorum: Three of five Trustees shall constitute quorum at all
annual, regular and special meetings. Meetings shall be
governed under Robert’s Rules of Order. Telephone, conference
call or electronic web media shall not constitute participation
in a meeting as a board member.
- Board Officers: At the June annual meeting, the board
shall elect from its membership a chair, vice-chair and appoint
such members to fill working committee appointments. Committee
membership shall be for one year or may serve successive terms
on said committee or may serve on more than one committee. The
chair shall have purview of committee assignments once discussed
with the board member, obtaining his or her acceptance then
subsequently approved by the other board members in an open
- Committees: The chair shall appoint Trustee members to the
following committees once ratified at the June annual meeting:
- OTHER: The Board may establish other committees as it
deems necessary i.e.finance, building/facilities and or government affairs.
- The board shall annually elect in June a chair and vice
chair. Board Practice shall establish annual rotation from vice
chair to chair taking into consideration the unique leadership
skills, timing and experience of each Trustee and the needs of
Highline Community College.
- Attendance: Board of Trustees shall attend all regular
meetings with notification to the chair or CEO if absence is
necessary for personal reasons beyond one’s control. Trustees
shall attend a minimum of 80% of regular meetings. Board
Members should participate in all major Foundation events.
members are eligible for per diem funds for each regular meeting
pursuant to: RCW 43.03.050
- Board members are eligible for per diem funds for each regular meeting pursuant to: RCW 43.03.050
- Amendment: These board practices may be amended, altered or repealed and new policy(s) maybe adopted by the Board, provided that the notice of such meeting contains notification that such a change in policy shall be proposed. However, if any conflict cannot be resolved then local board authority and responsibility shall adhere to RCW 28B.50.140.
Original signed November 17, 2011
Chair, Ed Davila
Vice Chair, Debrena Jackson Gandy
Member, Dan Altmayer
Member, Bob Roegner
Highline Community College Board of Trustees