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An Act to Incorporate the Western North Carolina Baptist Female College.

1874-75 Private Laws: Chapter XCIX

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1874-75 - Pages 582-583.

Section 1. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact, That A. Bowen, James Blythe, V. Ripley, W. D. Justis, David Garron, Thomas Stradly, C. E. Mingers, J. D. Franks and E. B. Herren, be and the same are hereby constituted a body corporate for the purpose of educating females, by the name and style of "Western North Carolina Baptist Female College," and by that name shall have a perpetual succession and a common seal, and shall be able and capable in law or equity to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, and shall take, demand, receive and possess, all goods and chattels, lands and tenements which may be given, and all donations made shall be appropriated according to the wish of the donor, to the purpose hereinafter declared, and by purchase or otherwise to take, hold and possess to them and their successors forever, any lands sufficient for the purpose of the college, and may purchase and hold for the purposes of the institution such chattels and personal property as they may deem necessary: Provided, That the amounts of real and personal estate shall not exceed at any one time three hundred thousand dollars.

Sec. 2. That the estate received or controlled by the trustees of the Western North Carolina Baptist Female College shall be for the uses and purposes of the Missionary Baptist denomination in Western North Carolina.

Sec. 3. That the president and professors of said college, by and with the consent of the trustees, shall have the power of conferring all such degrees or marks of literary and classical distinction as are usually conferred in colleges or universities.

Sec. 4. That the said trustees and their successors, or a majority of them present, shall have the power of appointing a president and such professors and tutors as to them shall appear necessary and proper for said college, whom they may remove for misbehavior, inability or neglect of duty; and may from time to time make such by-laws and regulations for their own government, and also of the college, as to them may appear expedient: Provided, That the same are not inconsistent with the laws or constitution of the State: Provided further, That if a majority of said trustees shall not convene for the purpose aforesaid, it shall be lawful for five (5) of the trustees and their successors to form a quorum to do business, and may from time to time make such by-laws and regulations.

Sec. 5. That upon the death or resignation of any of the trustees, or a vacancy from any other cause, or if the trustees desire to increase their number, then, in any of the above events, the Western North Carolina Baptist Convention shall fill the vacancies or increase the number: And it is further provided, That the aforesaid convention shall have power to remove from office any trustee for neglect of duty, incompetency or immoral conduct.

Sec. 6. That the trustees shall have power to sell any or all of the property of said college, either by private or public sale, for the payment of its debts, or when they may deem it necessary for the better promotion of the educational interests of the Baptist denomination of Western North Carolina: Provided, however, That the advice and consent of the Western North Carolina Baptist Convention be first obtained for such sale.

Sec. 7. That the trustees may change the college from a female college to a college for males and females whenever they may deem it necessary, if advised to do so by the Western North Carolina Baptist Convention.

Sec. 8. This Act shall take effect from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 20th day of February, A.D. 1875.

Curtis H. Brogden, Governor
James L. Robinson, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Robert F. Armfield, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, May 15th, 1875.

I, William H. Howerton, Secretary of State, hereby
certify that the foregoing are true copies of the original
acts and resolutions on file in this office.

William H. Howerton,
Secretary of State.

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