Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
3.2.4 The governing board is free from undue influence from political, religious, or other external bodies, and protects the institution from such influence. (External influence)
X Compliance   Partial Compliance   Non-Compliance


Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.

The Troy University Board of Trustees is not subject to undue pressure from political, religious or other external bodies, and the Board protects the administration from similar pressures. Its authority and independence is set forth in Article I of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees (p. 1-2), that states “The entire management and control over activities, affairs, operations, business, and property of The Troy University System…..shall be completely and absolutely vested in the Board of Trustees of the Troy University System….”

Title 16, Sections 16-56-1, 16-56-2 and 16-56-3 of the Code of Alabama ensure the independence of the Troy University Board of Trustees.

Section 16-56-1 establishes the Governor, Superintendent of Education, and Board of Trustees as the body corporate.

Section 16-56-2 states that “the corporation shall have all the rights, privileges, powers and franchises necessary to the promotion of the end of its creation and shall be charged with all corresponding duties, liabilities and responsibilities…. The corporation may purchase, hold, lease, sell, convey, or in other manner not inconsistent with the object or terms of the grant or grants under which it holds dispose of any property or any interest in property, real or personal, on any estate or interest therein, from any source, at any time and upon any terms, as it may deem in the best interest of the University system…. The corporation may also borrow money and incur other obligations at any time and under any terms it may deem in the best interest of the University system.”

Section 16-56-3 addresses membership, appointments and terms of Board of Trustee members and provides that Board members serve in staggered, 12-year terms with appointments made by several governors over time.

These laws and procedures ensure the independence of the Board.


Supporting Documentation Location
Bylaws of the Board of Trustees for Troy University
Code of Alabama, Section 16-56-1
Code of Alabama, Section 16-56-2
Code of Alabama, Section 16-56-3


Last Updated: 08/22/2008