A reader calls for messengers to reject the amendment to the By-laws of Louisiana College to add an additional member to the Board of Trustees.
As a member of the First Baptist Church of Mansfield, I would call on
the messengers to the 2006 Louisiana Baptist Convention to reject the
amendment to the By-laws of Louisiana College to add an additional
member to the Board of Trustees.
As reported in the Baptist Message, the Board adopted a
resolution to add the Executive Director of the Louisiana Baptist
Convention as a voting member of the Board.
I submit that this is bad policy for two reasons.
The first is lack of accountability since this would add to the
34-member board a member who is not elected by the messengers of the
Louisiana Baptist Convention. The Executive Director is employed by the
Executive Committee of the convention and is not elected by the
messengers. This would be new ground to have a voting member who
is appointed by an outside agency.
This move would also add a new level of trustee in that the Executive
Director would serve for the full tenure of his employment while all
other trustees would have limited terms. The President of the Louisiana
Baptist Convention serves for a maximum of two years; the elected
members of the Board of Trustees may serve two three-year terms and
then must remain off the board for a period equal to their tenure.
To give voting status to the Executive Director of the Louisiana
Baptist Convention an unlimited term without independent election by
the convention would be a questionable move.
As a LC graduate … , I ask that the messengers reject this amendment.