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Chapter 5 BOARD POLICIES

5.010 EMERITUS, PRESIDENT

Number: 5.010 Legal Authority: RCW 28B.50.100
Title: Emeritus, President Implementation Date: 9-8-2016
Contact: Board of Trustees Revisions:

Emeritus is a designated honorary status intended to recognize the distinguished contributions of a retiring or retired Centralia College President. Emeritus status shall not entitle the holder to any remuneration, formal associated responsibilities, or compensation other than what is provided for in this procedure.

Requirements
  • Any retiring or retired President with a long-term record of service as President of Centralia College may be eligible for emeritus status.
  • Long-term record of commitment to the College.
  • Long-term record of commitment to the community.
  • Long-term record of professional excellence.

Nomination and Approval
A member of the Centralia College Board of Trustees may submit a nomination naming a retiring or retired Centralia College President to become President Emeritus. A motion shall be made and approved by a majority vote of the Centralia College Board of Trustees to grant emeritus status. The Board of Trustees retains the authority to withdraw a President Emeritus title at its discretion as it deems necessary and appropriate.
Rights and Privileges
  • The awarding of emeritus status means the individuals name and title, followed by emeritus distinction will be placed in the college catalog and other publications as appropriate.
  • The individual may use the title "President Emeritus" in community and professional activities.
  • The individual will receive invitations to college receptions and similar events including commencement.

5.020 EMERITUS STATUS

Number: 5.020 Legal Authority: RCW 28B.50.100
Title: Emeritus Status Implementation Date: 12-7-2016
Contact: President Revisions:

Emeritus is a designated honorary status intended to recognize the distinguished contributions of a retiring or retired Centralia College employee. Emeritus status shall not entitle the holder to any remuneration, formal associated responsibilities, or compensation other than what is provided for in this procedure. Emeritus status does not take effect until after an employee has retired.

Criteria
  • Any retiring or retired faculty member, administrative officer (i.e. Vice President, Dean, Director), or Classified staff member with a long-term record of employment service with Centralia College may be eligible for emeritus status.
  • Record of commitment to the College.
  • Record of commitment to community.
  • Record of professional excellence.

Nomination and Approval In spring of each year, Human Resources will send out a notification to all College employees of the process and timeline for emeritus nominations including a nomination form. Emeritus nominations shall be submitted to the Human Resources office. An emeritus committee consisting of two faculty members, two admin/exempt employees, and two classified employees will meet and review the recommendations and finalize a written recommendation to the President. The President's Office will coordinate and communicate emeritus decisions.

Rights and Privileges
  • The awarding of emeritus status means the individuals name and title, followed by emeritus distinction will be placed in the college catalog and other publications as appropriate.
  • The individual may use the title "Emeritus" in community and professional activities.
  • The individual will receive invitations to college receptions and similar events including commencement.

5.030 HONORARY DEGREES


POLICY:
Board-College Linkage Policy R.C.W. 28B.50.140 (12) states: "The board, upon recommendation of the faculty, may also confer honorary associate of arts degrees, or if it is authorized to award baccalaureate degrees may confer honorary bachelor of applied science degrees, upon persons other than graduates of the community college, in recognition of their learning or devotion to education, literature, art, or science. No degree may be conferred in consideration of the payment of money or the donation of any kind of property" The Board of Trustees reserves and retains sole authority and discretion in the awarding of honorary degrees subject to the specific conditions and limitations set forth in R.C.W. 28B.50.140 (12) above.
PROCEDURE: The following procedure shall be followed:

  1. Nominations for an honorary degree may originate from the Board, President, Administration, Faculty, Staff or Students or from the community at large and should be sent to the Vice President - Instructions office before April 15th in the year the degree is sought to be awarded.
  2. An Honorary Degree Committee made up of the Department Chairs and the Vice President Instruction as an Ex Officio member, will meet and review any nomination that has been submitted and seek input from the faculty as required by statute.
  3. The Honorary Degree Committee may consider the following examples of when an Honorary Degree may be merited.
    1. An exceptional student who has died before completing their degree.
    2. A civic leader who has made an extensive contribution to the college through their actions in volunteering, mentoring or other endeavors but not "the payment of money or the donation of any kind of property".
    3. A person who has made a substantial contribution to "education, literature, art or science".
    4. A person who has contributed substantially to the quality of life and learning of the students of the college.
    5. In rare cases a person who, as a living example of leadership or community service, represented the core values of the college over an extensive period of time.
  4. The Honorary Degree Committee will forward their recommendation along with all written comments from the faculty to the President to be delivered to the Board of Trustees.
  5. Honorary degrees will generally be conferred at Commencement, and may be awarded posthumously or in absentia. Few, if any, honorary degrees should be granted in any one year.
  6. The Board of Trustees shall consider the recommendations of the Honorary Degree Committee and the submitted comments and any other factors they deem appropriate and then, in their sole discretion and by their vote, authorize the granting of such honorary degrees as they decide are truly merited.
  7. The President shall then notify the recipient, and arrange for their opportunity to be present and suitably attired to receive the degree. In the case of a deceased recipient, a designee shall be determined by the Board (e.g. a member of the recipient's family, spouse, partner or friend), to receive the degree on the recipient's behalf.

[Approved & Adopted: Joanne Schwartz, Chair of the Centralia College Board of Trustees and President Robert Frost 11/12/15]

5.040 NAMING OF FACILITIES


Number: 5.040 Legal Authority: RCW 28B.50.100, EL-9
Title: Naming of Facilities Implementation Date: 9-21-2000
Contact: President Revisions: 8-19-2014

POLICY:
The Board of Trustees shall approve names of College facilities or buildings.

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600 Centralia College Blvd
Centralia WA 98531
360-623-8943