3.2.4 External Influence

The governing board is free from undue influence from political, religious, or other external bodies, and protects the institution from such influence.

Judgment of Compliance

PVAMU SACS Accreditation - Judgement Compliance

Narrative of Compliance

The Texas A&M University Board of Regents is the governing board responsible for Prairie View A&M University. The Board of Regents is free from undue influence from political, religious or other external bodies, and protects PVAMU from such influences.  The duties and responsibilities of the Board are clearly defined and appear in the System Policy 02.01 Board of Regents [1]. Regents are expected to operate independently of political, religious and other external influence. Texas Education Code 51.352 details the responsibilities of governing boards and notes that the governing board of an institution of higher education in Texas "is expected to preserve institutional independence and to defend its right to manage its own affairs through its chosen administrators and employees" [2]. According to Texas Education Code 85.11-12, the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M System consists of nine members appointed to six-year terms by the Governor with advice and consent of the Texas Senate. Board members must come from different portions of the state [3]. Three new appointments or re-appointments are made every two years [3].

As noted in Texas Government Code 572.001, "It is the policy of this state that a state officer or state employee may not have a direct or indirect interest, including financial and other interests, or engage in a business transaction or professional activity, or incur any obligation of any nature that is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of the officer’s or employee’s duties in the public interest" [4]. The standards of conduct and conflict of interest provisions in Texas Government Code 572 establish clear guidelines to keep the University free from undue influence from political, religious, or other external bodies [5]. Texas A&M University System Policy 07.01 on ethics addresses principles of ethical standards and conflict of interest [6]. The policy applies to all system employees.

The Board accomplishes its work through a committee structure that consists of an executive committee and four standing committees that include: the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs; the Committee on Finance; the Committee on Building and Psychical Plant; and the Committee for Audit. Additionally, there are two special committees of the Executive Committee, namely, the Policy Review and Campus Art and Aesthetic Improvement Audit committees [7].

The Board schedules six regular meetings per year, and the chairman may call special meetings if necessary [8]. Standing and special committees meet as needed and report to the full Board. With few exceptions, all matters requiring Board action are first considered by the appropriate committee, which then gives a report or makes a recommendation to the Board. The Board meetings are subject to the state Open Records Act [9] and minutes of all meetings are published [10].

The members of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and their primary business interest are listed in the following chart:

Texas A&M University
Board of Regents

Morris Foster, Chairman [11]

Stagecoach/Millcreek Resort

Belton, TX

James P. Wilson, Vice Chairman [12]

JK Acquisition Corporation

Sugar Land, TX

Phil Adams [13]

Phil Adams Company

Bryan, TX

Richard A. Box [14]

Box Dentistry

Austin, TX

Lupe Fraga [15]

Tejas Office Products, Inc

Houston, TX

Bill Jones [16]

Locke, Liddell & Sapp, LLP

Austin, TX

Jim Schwertner [17]

Schwertner Farms, Inc

Austin, TX

Gene Stallings [18]

Retired NFL Coach

Powderly, TX

Ida Clement Steen [19]

Cullen/Frost Bankers

San Antonio, TX

Hunter Bollman, Student Regent [20]

Texas A&M University

Katy, TX

Supporting Documentation and Links

Comprehensive Standards 3.2.4

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