General Statement of Authority

Now, THEREFORE, pursuant to RCW 28B.10.528 and RCW 28B.50.140, the Board of Trustees (“Board”) hereby delegates to the district president (“Chancellor”) all of the powers and duties (“authority”) that are vested in or imposed on the Board by law, including all of those in RCW 28B.50.140, chapter 39.34 RCW (The Interlocal Cooperation Act), and any other statute except as provided otherwise herein or by specific Board action. The Chancellor shall be the chief executive officer of the district, shall have general supervision of all of its operations and programs and shall perform all duties that are necessary or appropriate to management of the district. Such authority may be exercised in the name of the Board.

To the extent permitted by law, the Chancellor may sub-delegate or sub-assign any such authority to any other district officer or employee (“designee”), as the Chancellor deems appropriate, orally or in writing without further action of the Board, except that this shall not in any way diminish the Chancellor’s responsibility to the Board.

The Chancellor shall, in all respects, continue to report and be directly responsible to the Board. The essence of the relationship between the Board and the Chancellor shall be one of full mutual confidence and completely open communication.

This delegation shall be effective when approved by the Board, but shall not be construed as undermining the authority for any prior action(s) taken by the Chancellor or any designee

Appointment Authority

This delegation of authority is qualified and limited with respect to the appointment authority for district employees as follows:

  1. The Chancellor shall be the appointing authority for the president of each college of the district and for all employees and positions in the district office or which are not otherwise part of one college.
  2. The president of each college shall be the appointing authority for all employees and positions which are part of that college, PROVIDED that this appointing authority of the presidents shall not diminish the Chancellor’s ongoing authority as chief executive officer of the district.

Authorities Reserved by the Board of Trustees

This delegation of authority is also qualified and limited in that the Board reserves to itself the following authorities (except as specifically delegated in a particular instance by a Board resolution or motion):

  1. To employ the Chancellor and fix his/her duties, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment;
  2. To organize, administer, and operate the Board;
  3. To adopt, amend, or repeal rules pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 34.05 RCW;
  4. To approve the district’s annual operating budget and each capital budget request to the state;
  5. To approve revisions aggregating $500,000 or more during a fiscal year in the adopted budget of any fund, and transfers between funds aggregating $500,000 or more during a fiscal year, other than those related to capital appropriations from the state, PROVIDED that it is expected that lesser amounts of administrative revisions to fund budgets and of transfers between funds will also be reported to the Board in a timely manner, as information items;
  6. To authorize every sale or purchase of real property, and every lease of real property which is for a term of three years or more and requires payment by the district of $50,000 or more in any fiscal year;
  7. To enter into any other contract, including any settlement agreement, that involves payment by the district of a total amount of $250,000 or more in any fiscal year, except public works contracts that are managed by another state agency;
  8. To establish any new food service facility, parking facility, bookstore, or dormitory;
  9. To borrow money, and to issue or sell revenue bonds or other evidences of indebtedness, in amounts of $100,000 or more;
  10. To establish tuition fees, services and activities fees, other fees and charges, and fee waivers that apply district-wide except such district-wide fees and/or waivers as are set by the legislature or by the state board for community and technical colleges;
  11. To accept from private sources gifts, grants, conveyances, devises, and bequests of real or personal property valued in excess of $25,000, and to approve the sale, lease, exchange, investment, or other disposition of that property or of the proceeds, rents, profits, and income thereof;
  12. To approve all collective bargaining agreements with recognized bargaining representatives of district employees;
  13. To award and deny tenure, and to act on each recommendation of a review committee regarding dismissal of a tenured faculty member;
  14. To adopt every declared “Policy” of the district;
  15. To designate a building, room, or other district facility with the name of a person;
  16. To approve or recommend approval of a request by an officer or employee for defense, representation, and/or indemnification in any legal action;
  17. To exercise all authority which is specifically reserved to the Board or to any Board officer in rules which have been or are hereafter adopted or amended by the Board pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 34.05 RCW;
  18. To exercise all authority which the legislature may hereafter expressly grant to the Board, unless the Board then specifically delegates that authority;
  19. To modify this delegation of authority and to make other delegations, at any time and in its sole discretion.

Adoption Date : 2003/04/10
Revision Date : 2019/10/10