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Center for Engagement and Community Development

State by-laws


The Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) was founded by Provost Duane Nellis to promote engagement across the breadth of our campus and with off campus partners through engaged teaching, research, and outreach, and to apply the expertise of Kansas State University in addressing issues of community development throughout Kansas.

The State Advisory Board for the Center for Engagement and Community Development is a group of citizens from across Kansas who are committed to the idea of an engaged partnership between state, national, and international communities and Kansas State University . The CECD State Advisory Board acts in an advisory and leadership capacity to CECD and its Director. Specifically, the Board will:

  • assist CECD by brainstorming, developing, and refining policies and activities that promote engagement and community development around the state of Kansas and beyond.
  • provide advice on strategies to increase recognition of CECD around the state of Kansas
  • provide a leadership role in programmatic and financial advocacy for CECD

Operating principles 

  • Board membership. The CECD State Advisory Board will be comprised of 10-15 members. Board members will be selected to achieve broad representation from the major external stakeholders and partners of CECD programs and activities; however, no specific restrictions will be placed on the composition of Board membership.

  • Board Appointments. State Advisory Board members will be appointed by the Provost based upon the recommendation of the CECD Director, the CECD Extension Liaison, and the Advisory Board Chair.

  • Terms of Appointment. The length of terms of the appointed members of the Board will be three years beginning September 1st of each year. Initial terms will be staggered so that approximately one-third of the board will transition each year. Board members will be eligible for reappointment.

  • Officers. The Board will elect from its own membership a chair, vice-chair, and secretary. Terms of office are one-year. After one year of service as vice-chair, it is expected that the vice-chair will assume the chair position for the following year. Board members are eligible for re-election after leaving the position for one year.

  • Staff Support. Staff support for the Board will be provided by the Director of CECD, the Extension Liaison for CECD, and the Administrative Assistant of CECD.

  • Meetings. The Board will meet a minimum of three times each year and at other times as necessary. The agenda for these meetings will be determined by the Board chair and the CECD Director.

  • Quorum. A quorum requires the presence of a simple majority of the board members.

  • Sub-committees. The Board may appoint sub-committees for specific projects. These committees can include non-Board members.

  • Unoccupied Board Positions. A Board position will be considered unoccupied upon the resignation of a board member or more than three consecutive absences from Board meetings. The Board will recommend to the Provost candidates to fill unoccupied positions on the Advisory Board.

  • Amendment of Operating Principles. Amendments to these operating procedures can be raised by any Board member. Amendments become effective when adopted by a majority of the Board and approved by the Provost.