Governance, Gov't Relations & Internal Affairs

The Governance, Government Relations and Internal Affairs Committee shall be responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to the Board on various internal matters related to Board development and functions. It shall review and recommend to the Board policies relating to local, state and federal legislation. It shall work to identify all major local, state and federal activities affecting the University and will report to the Board recommended actions which will further the University’s mission.

The Governance, Government Relations and Internal Affairs Committee shall make periodic reports to the Board.


THE GOVERNANCE, GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND INTERNAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE’S RESPONSIBILITIES SHALL FULFILL ITS GENERAL OVERSIGHT DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS FOLLOWS:

  • Conduct or authorize investigations into any matters within the Board’s scope of responsibilities. The Committee shall be empowered in coordination with the General Counsel of the University to retain independent counsel, accountants, or others to assist it in the conduct of any investigation.
  • Approving annually the charters for standing Board committees.
  • Reviewing periodically Board bylaws.
  • Initiating Board training when appropriate.
  • Recommending individuals for Board of Trustee membership.
  • Evaluating the Board’s performance.
  • Recommending to the Board annual and three-year goals for the University President.
  • An annual evaluation of the University President’s performance by the Board.
  • Periodically reviewing Board of Trustees governance.
  • Overseeing the governance of DSOs, HSSOs, faculty practice plan corporations, and other controlled affiliates.
  • Overseeing University collective bargaining agreements.
  • Identifying, initiating, and responding to legislative issues of interest to the University.
  • Becoming informed about the status of appropriations, education, and other relevant bills in the State Legislature and Congress and analyzing the impact on the University.
  • Reviewing and analyzing the discussions and actions of the Board of Governors.
  • Developing and effectuating opportunities for the University to become more involved in Congressional, legislative and other public advocacy.
  • Building positive relationships and maintaining open channels of communication between the University and the Board of Governors, the Governor, the Legislature, and other public officials and leaders at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Facilitating networking and collective action on issues of shared interest among the other state universities.
  • Reviewing and recommending policies pertaining to the relations between the University and its constituents.
  • Providing other oversight as assigned by the Board.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Rahul Patel, Chair
James W. Heavener
Moretza Hosseini
Thomas G. Kuntz
Jason J. Rosenberg
Anita G. Zucker


UNIVERSITY STAFF LIAISONS:
Vice President and General Counsel Amy Hass
Vice President for Government and Community Relations Mark Kaplan