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ARTICLE XV
THE BOARD OF VISITORS

SECTION 1. COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF VISITORS.
The Board of Visitors of the University of South Carolina shall consist of thirty-one members elected by the Board of Trustees from the following categories: one member from each of the sixteen judicial circuits nominated by the member of the Board of Trustees representing that judicial circuit; two in-state at-large members and two out-of-state at-large members nominated by members of the Board of Trustees; one member nominated by the Gubernatorial Designee to the Board of Trustees; one member nominated by the Gubernatorial Appointee to the Board of Trustees; one faculty representative nominated by the Columbia Faculty Senate; and eight representatives nominated by the President. The Secretary of the Board of Trustees, the Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations, the immediate past Chair of the Board of Visitors, and the spouse of the President shall serve as ex officio members.

The Board of Visitors shall be reconstituted and all members shall be elected anew by the Board of Trustees for terms beginning September 1, 2013; provided, however, current members who are ineligible for re-election under existing bylaws may not be elected to the Board of Visitors until after a break in service of not less than three years.

SECTION 2. TERM OF MEMBERSHIP.
The term of office for elected members of the Board of Visitors shall be as follows:

A. The following members shall be elected by the Board of Trustees to serve an initial term of three years: members representing the 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th, 13th and 16th Judicial Circuits; one in-state at-large member; one out-of-state at-large member; one member nominated by the Gubernatorial Designee to the Board of Trustees; and three members nominated by the President.

B. The following members shall be elected by the Board of Trustees to serve an initial term of two years: members representing the 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th and 14th Judicial Circuits; one in-state at-large member; one out-of-state at-large member; one member nominated by the Gubernatorial Appointee to the Board of Trustees; and three members nominated by the President.

C. The following members shall be elected by the Board of Trustees to serve an initial term of one year: members representing the 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th and 15th Judicial Circuits; one faculty representative nominated by the Columbia Faculty Senate; and two members nominated by the President.

Thereafter, the regular term of office of each member elected by the Board of Trustees shall be three years. Elected members shall be eligible to serve not more than two consecutive terms (e.g., an initial term as specified above and one three-year term) but may not thereafter be elected to the Board of Visitors until after a break in service of not less than three years. In the event a vacancy occurs on the Board of Visitors prior to the expiration of a member’s term, a successor nominated in accordance with Section 1 hereinabove shall be elected by the Board of Trustees to fulfill the unexpired portion of the term and shall be eligible to serve two additional, consecutive three-year terms.

The Chair of the Board of Visitors shall be elevated from the office of Vice Chair/Chair-Elect and elected by the members of the Board of Visitors for a one-year term. He shall be eligible to succeed himself for one additional one-year term. In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of the Chair, the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect shall complete the term of the vacating Chair and shall be eligible to serve two additional, consecutive one-year terms as Chair.

The Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the Board of Visitors shall be elected by the members of the Board of Visitors for a one-year term. He shall be eligible to succeed himself for one additional one-year term. In the event a vacancy occurs in the office of the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, the Board of Visitors shall elect a Vice Chair/Chair-Elect to complete the term of the vacating Vice Chair/Chair-Elect. The individual so elected shall be eligible to serve two additional, consecutive one-year terms as Vice Chair/Chair-Elect.

The Secretary of the University Board of Trustees shall serve as the Secretary of the Board of Visitors.

SECTION 3. FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF VISITORS.
The Board of Visitors shall assist the Board of Trustees and the President in the overall advancement of the University of South Carolina Columbia, and where appropriate, the University of South Carolina System. The Board of Visitors, with thorough information and staff support, will seek to enhance the image of the University and the statewide system, encourage alumni participation, invite public and private support, and facilitate internal and external communication. The standing committees of the Board of Visitors shall be as follows:

A. Executive Committee

B. Student Recruitment and Scholarly Award Committee

C. University Relations and Communications Committee

D. Advocacy Committee

SECTION 4. BOARD OF VISITORS BYLAWS.
The Board of Visitors is authorized to create and adopt bylaws for its operations; provided, however, such bylaws shall be subject to the prior approval of the Board of Trustees.