Governance and Policies
The BOARD shall be responsible for seeing that the purpose of the University is met organizationally, administratively, educationally, spiritually, socially, and financially, that adequate facilities are provided, and that a policy framework is established within which the program of the University can be developed and administered by the staff. The BOARD shall have the following prime functions:
- Leadership - the BOARD shall utilize its unique position:
- To select and support or remove the President of the University;
- To ensure that an adequate statement of mission and purpose be established;
- To assure that an adequate long range plan for the University is developed; and
- To assume personal responsibility for fund-raising activities of the University through personal giving, through developing contacts with other donors, and through a willingness to persuade others to become donors.
- Stewardship - the BOARD shall oversee the performance of the management of the University:
- To ensure that the institution utilizes the resources at its disposal to further its mission and purposes; and
- To ensure that assets are managed effectively and there are adequate safe-guards to protect the future of the University.
- Audit - the BOARD shall serve in an evaluation capacity in applying external standards to the performance of the Institution.
- To judge the academic standards of the faculty against the standards for the type of institution to which it belongs utilizing outside specialists as necessary;
- To evaluate the financial health of the institution through the traditional annual audit and through comparative data from other institutions; and
- To devise means of assessing the management performance of the administrative staff utilizing outside consultants when necessary or by redefining the annual audit to include management auditing.
The mission of the Board of International Advisors (BIA) is to provide advice, guidance, support, and advocacy for the University as well as for the continuing development of its undergraduate and graduate programs. The BIA's role is advisory to the University President, and to the Board of Trustees.
The BIA serves as an advocacy group both on and off campus and will assist in promoting a positive LAU image with its constituents and society at large; moreover, it shall act as an advisor to the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee on university policies; further, the BIA membership will include individuals of distinction who will bring their considerable talents, experience and wisdom to assist in promoting LAU and strengthening its mission.
The BIA shall consist of prominent international leaders willing to become involved in helping the University fulfill its mission. The members should be devoted to the promotion and to the advancement of the cause of LAU as an American Higher Education Institution operating in the Middle East.
The Duties of each member shall be to:
- Promote the educational and strategic goals of the University.
- Serve, wherever situated, as an LAU ambassador.
- Strengthen LAU as an educational institution by communicating to the Presidents suggestions, complaints, needs, and trends.
- Actively support LAU's mission statement at all times.
- Carry the word, whenever possible, about the University's accomplishments to professional and personal acquaintances.
- Help, as appropriate, with the cultivation and solicitation of financial support for the University.
- Attend, as appropriate, events sponsored by the University.