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CHAPTER 1: THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

CHAPTER 1:  THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

 

1.    The Board of Governors (hereinafter referred to as "the Board") shall consist of appointed members (hereinafter referred to as "Governors") and ex-officio members as follows:

 

Number of Governors
 

2.    The number of Governors shall from time to time be determined by the Board, but shall not exceed two hundred, excluding ex-officio members.

Appointment of Governors

 

3.     (a)   The appointment of Governors, whether members or associate members of the Board, shall be by way of addition to the Board in its free discretion.  Subject thereto, the Board shall have regard to the following principles:

(1) Societies of Friends of the University providing substantial support to the University shall have a fair measure of representation;

(2)  The Students of the University shall be represented by the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of that organization of students which is recognized by the Executive Committee of the University as representing the student body of the University;

(3)  A fair measure of representation shall be accorded to scholars and scientists of renown, including professors emeriti of the Hebrew University;

(4) A fair measure of representation shall be accorded to representatives of organizations other than Societies of Friends which give substantial assistance to the University in its work and also to distinguished individuals.

(b)  One half of the total number of Governors shall be persons residing in Israel and the other half shall be persons residing abroad.  This requirement shall not apply to the following:

     (1) Ex-officio Governors;

     (2) Up to twenty of the Governors appointed under subsection 3(a)(3);
     (3) Up to ten of the Governors appointed under subsection 3(a)(4).

Limitation

 

4.    No Governor, except for the ex-officio Governors and Governors who are University pensioners shall receive any remuneration from the University.  For purposes of this provision, reimbursement for actual expenses incurred as a Governor shall not be deemed remuneration.

 

 

 

Ex-Officio Members
 

5.    The ex-officio Governors shall be the Chairman and the Honorary Chairmen of the Board, the President, the Rector, the Chancellor, the Vice-Presidents, the Vice-Rector or Vice Rectors, the other academic members of the Executive Committee, and the Deans of the Faculties and Independent Schools. The Deans of the Faculties and Independent Schools are not eligible for election to the Executive Committee.
 

Period of Office of Governors

 

6.    (a)  The period of office of a Governor shall be three years.

(b)  Any Governor who fails to attend two ordinary sessions of the Board shall cease to be a Governor, unless the Board resolves that he had sufficient reason for absence.

(c)  A retiring Governor shall act as Governor throughout the session at which he retires and shall be eligible for re-appointment.  The period of his office shall be calculated from the date of his last appointment.

(d)  The Board may fill the vacated office of any Governor at the session at which he ceases to be a Governor.

 

Age Limit for Governors and Associate Governors
 

7.    Any person who is not a Governor or Associate Governor at the date of the adoption of this amendment by the Board, April 1st, 1981, shall not be eligible for appointment or re-appointment as a Governor or Associate Governor after he has reached the age of 75.

 

Appointment of Associate Governors

 

8.    Upon the appointment of a Governor or Governors by the Board on the nomination of a Society of Friends or of Convocation, or at any time thereafter, there may also be appointed, on such nomination, another person or persons as Associate Governor or Associate Governors; provided that the number of Associate Governors appointed on the nomination of the Society of Friends in Israel shall not exceed half of the number of Governors appointed on its nomination, and the number of Associate Governors appointed on the nomination of any Society of Friends abroad shall be equal to the number of Governors so appointed.

 

Period of Office of Associate Governors

 

9.    Associate Governors shall hold office for a period of three years, and shall be eligible for re-appointment.  They shall receive full reports and invitations of the University sent to Governors, shall have the right to attend any meeting of the Board after their appointment and, in the absence of any of the Governors for whom they are alternates, shall be entitled to vote.

 

 

 

Filling of Vacant Positions by the Executive Committee

 

10. Any vacancy among the Governors or Associate Governors between two ordinary sessions of the Board may be filled by the Executive Committee from among the Associate Governors, or from other persons active in the affairs of the Hebrew University, and recommended by a Society of Friends one month before the next session of the Board.  The person so appointed shall retire from office at the time at which the Governor in whose place he was appointed would have been subject to retirement.

 

Honorary Governors

 

11. The Board may appoint as Honorary Governors for life, persons who have made a substantial contribution or rendered eminent service to the University, to science, education, to the Jewish people or the State of Israel, Honorary Governors shall be invited to the meetings of the Board but shall not have the right to vote.

 

Sessions of the Board

 

12. (a)  The Board shall meet in ordinary session once a year.  It shall also meet in extraordinary session whenever the Chairman, in agreement with the majority of the Deputy Chairmen, finds this necessary, or on the requisition in writing of not less than one-quarter of the Governors and the ex-officio Governors.

(b)  Any ordinary or extraordinary session shall be held on such date as may be fixed by the Chairman after consultation with the President.  The place of any ordinary or extraordinary session shall be Jerusalem, but if this be impracticable, the Chairman may, after consultation with the President, fix such other place as he thinks fit.

 

Chairman and Deputy Chairmen
 

13. (a) The Board shall elect from amongst its members a Chairman for a period of three years with the right of re-election, but for no longer than two additional consecutive periods of office of three years each.

(b) The Board shall likewise elect from amongst its members one or more Deputy Chairmen, but no more than six, for a period of three years or for a shorter period with right of re-election, but for no longer than two additional consecutive periods of office, each of three years or less.

(c) The Chairman, or in his absence, one of the Deputy Chairmen, shall preside at meetings of the Board during this term of office, and in the event of the votes of the members being equally divided shall have a second and casting vote.

(d)  The Board of Governors may from time to time appoint one or more Honorary Chairmen to hold office for such period as the Board may determine.

 

 

 

 

Quorum
 

14. At any meeting of the Board one-quarter of the members shall form a quorum, provided that at least ten of the members present at such meeting are Governors or Associate Governors from Israel, and ten are Governors or Associate Governors from abroad.

 

Guests at a Session
 

15. The Chairman may invite to any meeting of the Board one or more persons proposed by the President or Rector, as well as persons of academic or public standing or distinction, as he may think fit.  Any person so invited may take part in the discussions of the meeting, but shall have no right to vote.

Board Committees

 

16. (a)  The Board may appoint committees for such purposes as it deems desirable. Their composition, powers and functions shall be prescribed in Statutes as approved by the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors.

(b) Each committee shall have a Chairman and Vice Chairman.

(c) The Chairman, Vice Chairman and members of each committee shall be elected by the Board of Governors for a period of three years and may be re-elected.

 

Powers of the Board

 

17. The Board of Governors shall have the following powers:

 

(1)          Appointment of the Chairman of the Board;

(2)          Ratification of the appointment of the President;

(3)          Ratification of the financial and budgetary reports;

(4)          Appointment of Board members and Board office holders;

(5)          Approval of amendments to the University’s Constitution and General Statutes;

(6)          Discussion of the basic guidelines for the functioning of the University;

(7)          Receive reports on the financial and other aspects of the University;

(8)          Appointment of trustees for any funds of the University.

 

 

 

CHAPTER 1:  THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS