TSM Board of Operating Trustees

Who are the voting members?

The voting members of the Board are:

  1. three College of Communication students, elected by the student body;
  2. three at-large students, elected by the student body;
  3. two members of the College of Communication voting faculty, appointed by the University of Texas at Austin President;
  4. one member of the School of Business voting faculty, appointed by the University of Texas at Austin President; and
  5. two media professionals, appointed by the University of Texas at Austin President.

Who are the non-voting members?

  1. Ex-officio non-voting members. The ex-officio non-voting members of the Board are:
    1. the Director;
    2. the student managers, including TSM student advertising director;
  2. Delegate non-voting members. The delegate non-voting members of the Board are:
    1. a representative of the Dean of Students Office/Vice President for Student Affairs; and
    2. a representative of the Student Government President.

What are the powers and responsibilities of the Board?

  1. Policy. The Board must -
    1. ensure that controls and procedures are established and maintained pursuant to Paragraph 2.2 of the Declaration of Trust, providing:
      1. the regular training of all employees, editors, managers, editorial workers and staff members of the Student Media by a Media Advisor and
      2. the timely consoltation by the Media Advisor with the employees, editors, managers, editorial workers and staff members of the Student Media, in each case, to ensure that the Student Media are operated in a manner consistent with the Public Purpose and Applicable Laws.
    2. determine the character and policies of all student media; and
    3. promolgate and implement a Handbook containing Board policy, which it may amend by majority vote.
  2. Personnel. The Board must -
    1. appoint the student managers of each media unit, except for The Daily Texan Editor;
    2. supervise the student managers of each unit, including The Daily Texan Editor;
    3. fill vacancies for the student managers of each media unit, including The Daily Texan Editor;
    4. take disciplinary action, including removal from office, against employees for violation of Board policy or for non-performance of duties;
    5. certify the eligibility of candidates for positions elected by the student body; and
    6. declare the winning candidates elected by the student body.
  3. Budget. The Board must -
    1. operate and control the Student Media, the Trust assets, Media assets, and Media contracts and related property;
    2. acquire and dispose of such assets as reasonably necessary to folfill the purposes of the Declaration of Trust;
    3. enter into contracts with suppliers and vendors;
    4. maintain and control the bank accounts of the Trust;
    5. set budgets and budget amendments; and
    6. approve or disapprove salaries and wages set by the Executive Committee for editorial workers.
  4. Reports. The Board must -
    1. certify in writing to the Board of Regents within 90 days after the close of each fiscal year that the Operating Trustees and Dean of the College of Communication have evaluated the controls and procedures as specified in the Declaration of Trust and found that they satisfy trust requirements;
    2. comply with auditing and financial controls as outlined in the Declaration of Trust;
    3. approve minutes of each meeting before sending the minutes to the Vice President for Student Affairs for distribution to other members of the administration and the Regents;
    4. produce special reports within two weeks upon request from the U. T. Austin President, the Chancellor, or the Regents;
  5. First regular meeting. At the first regular meeting of the session, the Board must -
    1. elect a President and Vice President;
    2. elect members of the Executive Committee; and
    3. approve a schedule of regular meetings that ends with the first meeting of the next session.

Next Board Meetings

September 19, 2014
BMC 1.108A
10:30 am

October 24, 2014
November 21, 2014
February 6, 2015
February 27, 2015
March 27, 2015
April 24, 2015


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