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S.B. 52 Enrolled
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions related to appointments to the State Board of Regents and
10 requires the State Board of Regents to approve certain academic programs.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . when making appointments to the Board of Regents, requires the governor to:
14 . appoint at least two individuals who do not reside within a metropolitan
15 statistical area;
16 . appoint no more than six individuals who reside within a county of the first
17 class; and
18 . consider certain factors;
19 . provides for transition provisions;
20 . requires the Board of Regents to approve an electronics engineering program at
21 Weber State University; and
22 . makes technical changes.
23 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
25 Other Special Clauses:
27 Utah Code Sections Affected:
29 53B-1-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 346
31 53B-16-106, Utah Code Annotated 1953
33 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
34 Section 1. Section 53B-1-104 is amended to read:
35 53B-1-104. Membership of the board -- Student appointee -- Terms -- Oath --
36 Officers -- Committees -- Bylaws -- Meetings -- Quorum -- Vacancies -- Compensation.
37 (1) (a) The board shall consist of 19 residents of the state.
38 (b) (i) Fifteen members shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the
40 (ii) (A) One additional member shall be appointed by the governor from nominations
41 of the student body presidents council.
42 (B) The student body presidents council shall nominate three qualified, matriculated
43 students enrolled in the state institutions of higher education.
44 (C) Student body presidents are not eligible for nomination.
45 (iii) All appointments to the board shall be made on a nonpartisan basis.
46 (iv) In making appointments to the board, the governor shall select:
47 (A) at least two individuals who do not reside within a metropolitan statistical area, as
48 designated by the United States Census Bureau;
49 (B) no more than six individuals who reside within a county of the first class;
51 geographical representation and diversity of exposure to the various institutions in the Utah
52 System of Higher Education; and
54 education, which could include service on a campus board of directors.
55 (c) (i) In addition to the members designated under Subsection (1)(b), two members of
56 the State Board of Education, appointed by the chair of the State Board of Education, shall
57 serve as nonvoting members of the board.
58 (ii) A nonvoting State Board of Education member shall continue to serve as a
59 member without a set term until the member is replaced by the chair of the State Board of
61 (d) (i) In addition to the members designated under Subsection (1)(b), one member of
62 the Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees, appointed by the chair of the Utah
63 College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees, shall serve as a nonvoting member of the
65 (ii) A nonvoting Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees member shall
66 continue to serve as a member without a set term until the member is replaced by the chair of
67 the Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees.
68 (2) (a) Five members of the board, other than the student member, the State Board of
69 Education members, and the Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees member,
70 shall be appointed during each odd-numbered year to six-year staggered terms which
71 commence on July 1 of the year of appointment.
72 (b) (i) The student member shall be appointed for a one-year term and may be
73 reappointed for one additional term.
74 (ii) The student member has full voting rights and may vote on selection of a board
75 chair or vice chair, but not serve in either office.
76 (c) Board members shall hold office until their successors have been appointed and
78 (d) The governor shall make the appointments in Subsection (1)(b)(iv)(A) by
79 September 30, 2011.
80 (3) (a) Each member of the board shall take the official oath of office before entering
81 upon the duties of office.
82 (b) The oath shall be filed with the Division of Archives and Records Services.
83 (4) The board shall elect a chair and vice chair from its members who shall serve terms
84 of two years and until their successors are chosen and qualified.
85 (5) (a) The board shall appoint a secretary from the staff of its chief executive to serve
86 at its discretion.
87 (b) The secretary shall be a full-time employee who receives a salary set by the board.
88 (c) The secretary shall record and maintain a record of all board meetings and perform
89 other duties as the board directs.
90 (6) The board shall appoint a treasurer who serves at the discretion of the board.
91 (7) (a) The board may establish advisory committees.
92 (b) The powers and authority of the board are nondelegable, except as specifically
93 provided for in this title.
94 (c) All matters requiring board determination shall be addressed in a properly
95 convened meeting of the board or its executive committee.
96 (8) The board shall enact bylaws for its own government not inconsistent with the
97 constitution or the laws of this state.
98 (9) (a) The board shall meet regularly upon its own determination.
99 (b) The board may also meet, in full or executive session, at the request of its chair, its
100 executive officer, or five members of the board.
101 (10) A quorum of the voting members of the board is required to conduct its business
102 and consists of nine members.
103 (11) (a) A vacancy in the board occurring before the expiration of a voting member's
104 full term shall be immediately filled by appointment by the governor with the consent of the
106 (b) The appointee serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.
107 (12) (a) Each member of the board shall receive a per diem as provided by law as
108 compensation for services for attending meetings of the board.
109 (b) Each member shall also be paid actual expenses incurred for attending meetings of
110 the board or its committees or for attending to any business of the institutions under the
111 direction of the board or authority of the board or its committees.
112 Section 2. Section 53B-16-106 is enacted to read:
113 53B-16-106. Board to establish electronics engineering program at Weber State
115 (1) The board shall approve a proposal submitted by Weber State University, in
116 accordance with Section 53B-16-102 and board policy, to establish a bachelor of science
117 degree program in electronics engineering.
118 (2) Weber State University shall establish the program described in Subsection (1)
119 within existing budgets and with no additional appropriation.
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