Charter

  1. Introduction:
    This document defines the structure and operations of the I-70 Corridor Governing Board that represents the network of researchers from participating institutions of higher education along the I-70 corridor in Kansas and Missouri as well industrial partners of that network. The I-70 Corridor Governing Board consists of individuals who represent these institutions of higher education, their industrial partners, and members of the network. The membership of the I-70 Corridor network is defined in Section 2. The membership and duties of the I-70 Corridor Governing Board are defined in Section 3.
  2. I-70 Corridor Membership and Governance Structure
    1. I-70 Corridor members are primarily faculty, staff, and students from the institutions of higher education engaged in interdisciplinary research along the I-70 corridor in Kansas and Missouri, as well as industrial partners primarily from those states.
    2. The I-70 Corridor network is governed by a Governing Board consisting of one representative from each participating institution of higher education and one representative from each participating industrial partner.
    3. An Advisory Committee of representatives from participating Industrial Partners shall advise the Governing Board on general issues and policy.
  3. I-70 Governing Board
    1. Mission StatementThe I-70 Governing Board is an organization that exists to facilitate interdisciplinary research on aging among faculty, staff, and students in the participating institutions of higher education, to establish and maintain strong research relationships with industrial partners, to provide and maintain infrastructure for those collaborations, to organize annual workshops of these collaborators, to provide resources for pilot research projects, and to encourage the development of research proposals from its membership.
    2. Membership
      1. The membership of the Governing Board consists of one member from each of the participating institutions of higher education along the I-70 corridor.
      2. An Advisory Committee to the Governing Board, consisting of one member from each Industrial Partner, shall be established by the Industrial Partners.
      3. The selection of these representatives shall be decided by each institution and industrial partner.
      4. At any meeting in which the Governing Board is called upon to vote, representatives may designate another member to cast the institution’s or industrial partner’s vote. The name of the designee shall be communicated to the Chair of the Governing Board at least one day before the Governing Board meeting.
      5. New member institutions and industrial partners may be admitted from time to time based on a majority vote of the Governing Board.
      6. New members from institutions not along the I-70 corridor may be admitted based on a majority vote of the Governing Board.
    3. Duties of Governing Board Members
      1. The Governing Board deals with general issues of policy affecting the I-70 Corridor network.
      2. Duties of the Governing Board include:
        • Attend Governing Board meetings
        • Upon request of the Chair of the Governing Board, discuss and solicit comments on applications from new institutions and industrial partners, and forward the conclusions to the Chair of the Governing Board
        • Vote on the nominations of the Governing Board Chair, Deputy Chair, and other issues that come before the board
        • Serve on committees when requested
        • Chair Institutional Committees as described in Section 5
        • Drawing up an annual budget for the I-70 Corridor network and reporting that budget and the use of all funds to all members of the network and an appropriate administrator of participating institutions of higher education and industrial partners.
        • Vote on the admission of new member institutions and industrial partners along the I-70 corridor.
        • Vote on the admission of new members who work at institutions not on the I-70 corridor.
      3. Duties of the Advisory Board
        • Attend Governing Board meetings
        • Advise the Governing Board on general issues and policy
        • Work with the Governing Board to assure an advanced network infrastructure
    4. Governing Board Officers
      1. The Governing Board is presided over by a Chair or Deputy Chair.
      2. The Chair and Deputy Chair must be a member of one of the participating institutions of higher education along the I-70 Corridor.
      3. Every two years, a nominating committee of the Governing Board shall produce a slate of officers for election, including a Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The term of office of the Chair is two-year, non-renewable term, at the end of which the Deputy Chair assumes the office of Chair for a two-year non-renewable term. The Secretary and Treasurer may be elected for two-year, renewal terms, and must be members of a participating institution of higher education.
      4. The duties of the Chair include:
        • Preside over all meetings of the Governing Board
        • Form nominating committees for board leadership
        • Form ad hoc committees as needed
        • Enhance communication among the membership
        • Represent the I-70 Corridor network
        • Solicit participation from institutions of higher education and industry
      5. The duties of the Deputy Chair include:
        • In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Chair shall be the presiding officer of the Governing Board.
        • The Deputy Chair shall perform other duties as requested by the Chair.
      6. Removal of Chair or Deputy Chair from Office
        • A petition for removal of the Chair or Deputy Chair by 25% of the Governing Board members will result in a special meeting of the Governing Board.
        • The Governing Board shall select a member of the Governing Board, other than the Chair or Deputy Chair, to preside over this meeting
        • A vote of the majority of the Governing Board shall be required for removal.
        • Upon removal of the Chair, the Deputy Chair shall assume the duties of the Chair for the remainder of the current Chair’s term and a new Deputy Chair shall be elected.
        • Upon removal of the Deputy Chair, a special election shall be called for a new Deputy Chair who shall serve for the remainder of the current Deputy Chair’s term.
      7. Duties of the Secretary
        • Take minutes of all board meetings and distribute them to the network
        • Notify members of the Governing Board of all meetings, including where and when the meetings will occur.
      8. Duties of the Treasurer
        • Collect dues from participating institutions of higher education and industrial partners
        • Pay all bills, with the consent of the Chair, as they come due.
    5. Meetings of the Governing Board
      1. The Governing Board shall meet regularly, typically once a month.
      2. Votes of the Governing Board will be taken by email or at the annual workshop.
      3. Under normal circumstances the meetings are open to all members of the I-70 Corridor network.
      4. Closed meetings may be called by the Chair to discuss sensitive matters.
      5. Special meetings may be called by the Chair to address specific issues as needed.
      6. A special meeting for removal of the Chair or Deputy Chair may be called when 25% of the Governing Board members vote for this special meeting.
  4. Annual Workshops
    1. Each year there will be an I-70 Workshop at one of the member institutions of higher education.
    2. The Governing Board will make all arrangements for the annual workshop.
    3. During this workshop there will be an open Governing Board meeting in which votes by the Governing Board members or their designees may be taken.
  5. Institutional Committees
    1. Each institution shall have an Institutional Committee responsible for facilitating the development of institutional research activities that make use of the I-70 Corridor network.
    2. Institutional Committees shall elect a representative for a two-year renewal term on the I-70 Governing Board.
    3. Institutional representatives to the I-70 Governing Board shall chair their respective Institutional Committees.
  6. Financial and Other Responsibilities of Participating Institutions of Higher Education and Industrial Partners
    1. Each participating institution of higher education shall provide $5,000 a year annually for the operation of the I-70 Corridor network to support the initial development of the network.
    2. Each participating industrial partner shall provide $5,000 a year annually for the operation of the I-70 Corridor network to support the initial development of the network.
    3. When their representative to the Governing Board is elected Chair, participating institutions of higher education will count that time toward the Chair’s service requirement so that the Chair can properly discharge his or her duties on behalf of the I-70 Corridor network.
  7. Amendment to the Charter
    1. An amendment may be proposed by a majority of the members of the Governing Board or by 20% of the I-70 Corridor network membership.
    2. A majority vote of the Governing Board will be required to adopt an amendment.