5. B. 2. The governing board is knowledgeable about the institution; it provides oversight for the institution’s financial and academic policies and practices and meets its legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
Members of Miller College’s Board of Trustees represent a cross-section of individuals from the Battle Creek area who are leaders in the fields of business, education, health administration and philanthropy, all of whom subscribe to the College’s Mission to demonstrate service to the community through the development of leadership potential in these critical areas. Although the Miller College Board of Trustees has the sole responsibility for governance, reports and documents are provided to the Miller Foundation and Binda Foundation, two of the original granting organizations that helped establish Miller College, and representatives of both foundations currently serve on Miller College Board. The Board is actively involved in College operations, providing oversight of College leadership, finances and strategic initiatives. The Board participates in an annual retreat to which all faculty and staff of the College are invited, as well as representatives of key external constituencies. At the retreat, strategic initiatives are presented and discussed, and Board members participate with faculty and staff in a top-to-bottom analysis of the College’s current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Members of the Board have played an active role in the self-study process for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, helping draft and review language for each Criterion. The Board of Trustees holds formal meetings at Miller College and is responsible for reviewing and approving all policy and organizational changes, annual budgets, personnel decisions, academic programs and major policy documents, including the annual College catalog.
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