Board of Advisors Expectations and Responsibilities

Board of Advisors Expectations and Responsibilities

The Board of Advisors is an external committee providing advice and support to the Director.  Members serve a 3 year term (except initial staggered terms: 1/3 serve through May 2010, 1/3 serve through May 2011, 1/3 serve through May 2012).  Membership is by nomination and election through the Steering Committee.  Members can serve multiple terms.  The Board will meet twice a year: normally during the first week of May and the first week of December.

Members of the Board are expected to:

1. Understand the UW-Stout Center for Applied Ethics, its mission, structure, programs, strengths, challenges and current issues, the role of the Advisory Board, and the role of the Center in support of curriculum development, event planning, and business outreach. 

2. Participate actively in regular Advisory Board functions, to include:

A. Thorough review by new Board members of the Board Member Handbook (including board minutes and all supplementary materials);

B. Thorough review of agenda materials and other information pertinent to issues before the Board; careful consideration of options for addressing these issues; and participation in the discussion of these issues;

C. Timely reading of materials forwarded for review.

3. Understand the University of Wisconsin-Stout, its mission, structure, programs, strengths, and challenges in relation to the Center for Applied Ethics, to include:

A. Participation in educational and social opportunities to visit campus facilities and meet with faculty, staff and students;

B. Meeting with the Chancellor and other university constituents to share views and concerns.

4. Be an active and contributing participant in the work of the Center for Applied Ethics, to include:

A. Regular attendance at meetings of the Board and committees;

B. Representing the Center for Ethics and not the interest of any particular constituency;

C. Attending Center and university functions as appropriate;

D. Discussing issues fully but accepting and supporting the final decision of the Board once it is made;

E. Serving on specially appointed Board committees and taking a leadership role as needed;

F. Promoting the Center for Applied Ethics activities and events to professional and personal constituencies;

G. Participation in activities as available, to meet with alumni and friends of the university interested in learning about the Center.       

5. Adhere to high standards of ethical conduct and to comply fully with laws relating to conduct of (non-profit) board members, to include:

A. Avoidance of any conflict of interest; In the case of any potential conflict of interest, the Board member is expected to seek clarification from the Director of the Center.  Where conflict of interest is found to exist, the Board member must abstain from participating in the discussion and from voting on the matter in question.

B. Maintenance of confidentiality when appropriate.

6. Accept responsibility for effectively and efficiently advising the UW-Stout Center for Applied Ethics in the interest of UW-Stout, to include:

A. Enhancement of educational quality;

B. Advising in the development and production of events and activities sponsored by the Center;

C. Establishment and maintenance of a strong system of accountability to UW-Stout Center for Applied Ethics constituents;

D. Assisting with strategic planning to address future needs;

E. Representing constituents to the university;

F. Periodically assessing Board balance of membership representation with reflection of institutional need.

7. In order to accommodate individuals who wish to sponsor or support the Center in a formal, significant and ongoing way but who cannot reasonably be expected to participate fully in such activities as outlined in 2, 4 and 6 above, there will be a category of "Honorary" board members.  It is noted that the ethical and legal considerations addressed in 5 apply to Honorary members.