The overall governance of the College is under the authority of a Board of Management, appointed by the Minister of Education, Youth and Culture.
Provision is made for the inclusion of representatives from the Faculty, Administrative and Ancillary Staff and Student Body, on the Board of Management. The board is a policy-making body capable of reflecting the public’s interest in its activities and decisions.
It ensures that the college’s educational programmes are of high quality, is responsible for overseeing the financial health and integrity of the institution, and confirms that institutional practices are consistent with the board-approved institutional mission statement and policies. The board establishes broad institutional policies and appropriately delegates responsibility to implement these policies.
The Board of Management has power under the College of Agriculture, Science and Education Scheme Order (1995) to, inter alia:
- Consider and approve recommendations made by the President and the Academic Council in respect of matters relating to the college.
- Review and approve arrangements for the holding of examinations leading to the award by the Board or any recognized body, of degree, diploma, certificate or any other award to persons who have pursued an approved course of study at the college. (Jamaica Gazette Supplement, Proclamations, Rules and Regulations, Monday January 1, 1996)
Sub-committees of the Board of Management
There are seven (7) Standing Committees of the new Board of Management, chaired by members of the Board. The Committees are:
- Appointment and Promotions
- Finance and General Purpose
- Planning and Development
- Disciplinary and Appeals
- Human Resource and Industrial Relations
- Corporate Governance and Audit
- Grounds, Buildings and Premises
Board members are usually selected for their special expertise and this is reflected in the Chairmanship and membership of the various Committees. Previous Boards have been very effective and provided effective guidance to the College’s Administrators, resulting in the phenomenal development of the College over the short time. Senior members of the College Administration may be invited to the Board meetings as observers and may become members of the Board Committees where their portfolio expertise is used in decision making.