The purpose of this handbook is to further clarify the roles, responsibilities, and privileges of Board of Trustee members of the College of Western Idaho. This handbook is intended to co-exist with the College of Western Idaho Policy Manual.

College of Western Idaho
6056 Birch Lane
Nampa, ID 83687

At the College of Western Idaho’s inception in 2007, Boise was one of the last metropolitan areas in the country lacking a community college. In March of that year, the Idaho legislature appropriated $5m as a base budget for fiscal year 2008. In May, a supermajority of voters in Canyon and...

The College operates under a system of governance with clearly defined authority, roles, and responsibilities. Its decision-making structures provide for the consideration of views held by Trustees, district constituents, faculty, staff, administrators, and students on matters related to the...

Pursuant to Idaho Code § 33-2106, the Board shall consist of five members elected at large by all eligible electors. Eligibility of electors is prescribed in Chapters 4 and 14, Title 34, Idaho Code and includes any person who is 18 years of age, is a United States citizen, has resided in...

The Board’s authority is derived from and subject to any limitations contained in the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Idaho, Idaho Code, certain rules and regulations of the State Board of Education and its own policies and procedures. 

The Board will not be...

The responsibilities of the Board are outlined in Idaho Code and the College of Western Idaho Board Governance Policies, adopted July 2015. In addition, Trustee responsibilities include the following: 

  1. To communicate promptly to the President and Board Chair any significant
  2. ...

Board Officers 
At the organizational meeting (the first regular meeting of the Board following the election of Trustees), the Board will conduct the election of officers. 

The following term limits will apply: 

  • Board Chair
  • ...

Pursuant to Idaho Code § 33-2106, vacancies on the Board shall be filled by appointment by the remaining members. If less than a majority of the Board remains, appointment to fill the vacancies shall be made by the State Board of Education. Any person appointed to a vacant position must...

Regular Meetings 

Regular meetings of the Board generally occur on the third Tuesday of the month. Pursuant to Idaho Code §§ 74-201, et seq., all meetings of the Board, except executive sessions, are open to the public. The President’s Office will...

Communication among Trustees 

In accordance with Idaho Code § 74-202, Trustees should avoid communicating with each other outside of a Trustee meeting for the purpose of making a decision or deliberating toward a decision on any matter. 

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The Board commits itself to continual development in trusteeship and to an educational program which includes orientation of new Trustees. To that end, Trustees will foster growth and development among Trustees through the scheduling of study sessions, providing access to reading materials, and...

Travel by Trustees is expected and encouraged as part of their professional growth and development. Reasonable and prudent expenses enumerated on a College expense form are reimbursed quarterly upon authorization of the Board Chair, who examines the expenditure for propriety and availability of...

Purpose and Intent 

Trustees should embody the highest ethical standards in dealing with the community and CWI. Trustees should abide by Idaho Code, regulations, and policies applicable to them in their capacity as members of the Board. Further, Trustees should act...

1. Conflict of Interest.  A conflict of interest generally includes any situation in which a Trustee’s official decision, action, participation, recommendation or influence could result in a private benefit to, or adversely affect the private interests of, the Trustee...

The Board is responsible for the establishment of policies that govern the affairs of the College. The formulation and adoption of written policy constitutes the basic method by which the Board exercises its leadership in the operation of the College. In developing and approving policies, the...

The Board is committed to assessing its own performance as a Board and that of the President’s in order to identify strengths and areas which may improve. 

The Board shall conduct a review of its performance and of the President’s with the intention of strengthening...

Idaho Code §§ 33-2106; 33-2107 
Idaho Code §§ 34-402; 34-404; 34-1402 
Idaho Code §§ 35 74-01 et seq.
Idaho Code §§ 74-401 et seq.
Idaho Code §§ 18-1351 et seq.
Idaho Code §§ 74-501 et seq....