CCSNH Trustees Bill Moves Forward

College Employees Would Gain a Seat on the Board of Trustees

The board of trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire has 23 voting members including one student, but one voice has been lacking: that of college faculty and staff. That could soon change, however, after the House approved SB 326.

That bill creates a process to add an employee of CCSNH to the board to serve a two-year term. That seat on the board will rotate among the seven schools in the system. The approval of SB 326 on Wednesday was a big step forward; the bill now goes back to the Senate, which must approve the changes or head to committee of conference.

Jennifer Galbraith, a faculty member at NHTI and the president of Chapter 13, was one of the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members who worked on the wording of the bill.

“Our goal was to create more transparency in the Board of Trustees’ decisions and aid communication with staff and faculty members,” Galbraith said.

Galbraith said having an employee on the board will create a more open dialogue between employees and administration, something that will benefit both employees and students.

“For us to have a voice on the board is a big success,” she said.

We’d like to thank all of the members who worked so hard on this bill, as well as the bill’s sponsor, Sen. John Regan. We’ll bring you further updates as it is finalized and eventually put into place. You can find the bill text, as well as the House amendment, on the bill’s docket.

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