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GBC executive committee gives more power to college trustees

ATLANTA (BP)–The bylaws of Brewton-Parker College and Shorter College have been amended to allow trustees the option of removing one of their own for just cause, according to action approved by the Georgia Baptist Convention’s executive committee.

The GBC executive committee voted unanimously March 12 to change the bylaws of the two Baptist-affiliated colleges to meet Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requirements.

In January, the Shorter trustees’ executive committee rescinded the action they took in November that shifted the college’s assets and control to a self-perpetuating foundation board. Shorter’s trustees had quietly voted to become self-perpetuating, citing the trustees’ lack of authority to remove one of its own as a reason.

The GBC executive committee agreed to work with Shorter’s trustee board in the selection of future trustees and to work with SACS in reconciling any concerns related to Shorter College.

“I want to restate my desire to work with Shorter College in making our relationship a strong and productive one,” said J. Robert White, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention. “Georgia Baptists have given 22.8 million dollars through the Cooperative Program to Shorter College since 1959. We wish to continue our relationship with Shorter College and invest in the lives of our Baptist students.”
Based on reporting by Diane Reasoner.

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