Governing Board Policy

Policy Number
Board of Trustees
Date Approved
Effective Date
Responsible Division
Office of the President
N.C. Gen. Stat. Chapter 115D CCC Board of Trustees Bylaws

The Carteret Community College Board of Trustees is the legal body with governing authority over the College as stated under the provisions of North Carolina General Statute Chapter 115D. The Trustees of Carteret Community College shall adopt bylaws, incorporated by reference into the College’s Policies and Procedures Manual, reflective of its authority and that define board expectations including, but not limited to Ethics, Conflict of Interest, Fiscal Stability of the Institution, College Mission, Policy Adoption, and Self-Evaluation. These policies shall be adhered to and reviewed annually in conjunction with the Board's self-evaluation process, as outlined in the Bylaws.


Members of the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees shall exercise their authority honestly and fairly, free from impropriety, threats, favoritism, and undue influence. The rules of conduct for trustees are listed in the Carteret Community College Board of Trustees Bylaws.

Conflict of Interest

Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-234, as amended, the College expects its Board of Trustees to discharge their duties in the best interest of the College and public, avoiding conflict of interest. To that end, no trustee shall have any interest, financial or otherwise, direct or indirect, or engage in any business transaction or professional activity or incur any obligation of any nature that is, as determined by the College, in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of official College responsibilities. The failure to comply with this policy shall constitute grounds for removal of a Board member.

Fiscal Stability of the Institution

The powers and duties of the Board of Trustees shall include preparation and submission of an annual college budget to the State Board of Community Colleges, as required in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115D-54 and as specified in the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees. In so doing, the Board of Trustees will ensure the ongoing fiscal stability of the College and ensure that the financial resources of the institution are adequate to provide a sound educational program. The Board is responsible for using all funds in accordance with State Board policies as well as in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations.


The powers and duties of the Board of Trustees shall include establishment and periodic revision of the mission, goals, and outcomes of the college, as specified in the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees. The mission statement shall state clearly and concisely the overarching purpose of the College and should align with the purpose of North Carolina Community Colleges as stated in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115D-1.

The mission statement shall be published in all official publications as appropriate. Revision of the mission statement shall involve the efforts of the College's faculty, staff, administration, and Board of Trustees. The mission statement shall be approved by the Board of Trustees and reviewed annually or more often as needed to ensure that educational opportunities and services are consistent with the needs of local business and industry and appropriate for higher education.

Policy Adoption

The powers and duties of the Board of Trustees shall include provision of oversight and adoption of policies as may be authorized by law and as may be required for the effective discharge of its responsibilities in the operation of the College, as specified in the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees. Additions to and changes in the policies upon the recommendation of the president, members of the Board of Trustees, and others occur following appropriate planning and due consideration. Additions to and changes in policies must be approved by an affirmative vote of a majority of the Board members present and voting at a regular or special Board meeting. Following approval,policies are published and delegated to the College’s President or designee to oversee the development of procedures and practices that ensure adherence to Board-established policies. The Board ensures that policies are aligned with institutional purposes and support the college mission, and that they are reviewed upon recommendation of College administration.


The Carteret Community College Board of Trustees conducts an annual evaluation of its responsibilities and expectations, as outlined in the Bylaws in order to continually assess its performance and effectiveness.