The concept "governance" refers to the College's structures and processes for decision making and communication. Decision-making involves all decisions - those relating to policy development, policy implementation, curriculum decisions, resource allocations, planning, evaluation, etc. Governance means institutional decision-making in its broadest sense.

Individuals of the College community are involved in governance in one or more of the following ways:

  1. through the organizational structure;
  2. by serving on or presenting information to a standing committee;
  3. by serving on or working with advisory, ad hoc, and task force committees;
  4. through the Employee Senate;
  5. by participating in staff meetings, and
  6. through Student Government.

According to the Commission of College's Criteria for Accreditation, the organization of the College should bring together its various resources and allocate them effectively in order to accomplish College goals. These criteria also call for the organizational structure and the administrative processes of the College to be well-defined and understood by the entire College community. Governance provisions of HCC exist to reflect acceptance of the criteria for accreditation as a basis for establishing an effective teaching, learning, and working environment in order to facilitate fulfillment of the College's purpose.

Haywood Community College operates within the statutes, policies, and regulations set forth by the State of North Carolina, the State Board of Community Colleges, the College Board of Trustees, and the Federal Government. Within these conditions, the President, as Chief Administrative Officer, is charged with the delegation of authority to various organizational systems and positions.

The President is granted the right of review and approval over all internal grievances and management decisions. He or she will explain the reversal or modification of internal governance and/or management decision except where in his or her judgment such decisions would be injurious to the College or individuals. In cases where management decisions are required in the absence of a policy, the management decision will prevail until an orderly means can be found to develop and implement appropriate policy.

The organizational structure of the College is designed to provide a system for coordination and problem solving. Communication is essential for effective problem solving. The skill and good faith of individuals who function within the College contribute to establishing a balance between problem solving and coordination efforts.

Board of Trustees

For information on the Board of Trustees, its goals, its members, its meetings and its by-laws, please visit the Board of Trustees page.

Organizational Chart

Follow the link for our most current organizational chart.


Details on Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees as well as committee structure, please visit the HCC Committees page.