§ 16-59-2 Appointment of members of the board of governors for higher education. (a) The governor shall, with the advice and consent of the senate establish the board by appointing eleven (11) members to serve in staggered terms. The appointments shall be made for terms of three (3) years commencing on February 1 in the year of the appointment and ending on January 31 in the third (3rd) year thereafter, except in the case of the student member whose appointment shall be for a period of two (2) years.
(b) At the expiration of their terms members shall remain and continue in their official capacity until a new member is appointed and confirmed. Any vacancy among the public members of the board shall be filled by appointment of the governor for the remainder of the unexpired term. In the selection and appointment of members of the board, the governor shall seek persons who best serve the entire needs of the state. Public members shall not be appointed for more than three (3) successive three (3) year terms each; provided, however, that this limitation shall not apply to that person designated as chairperson by the governor who may be a member so long as he or she shall serve as chairperson. Student members shall be appointed by the governor for a single two (2) year term and shall rotate among the three (3) public institutions.
(c) No person shall be eligible for appointment to the board after the effective date of this act [March 24, 2006] unless he or she is a resident of this state.
(d) Members of the board shall be removable by the governor
pursuant to the provisions of § 36-1-7 of the general laws and for cause
only, and removal solely for partisan or personal reasons unrelated to capacity
or fitness for the office shall be unlawful.
(P.L. 1981, ch. 32, § 3; P.L. 1986, ch. 227, § 1; P.L. 1987, ch. 596, § 3; P.L. 1988, ch. 526, § 1; P.L. 1993, ch. 178, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 86, § 54; P.L. 2006, ch. 8, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 28, § 1.)