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An Act to Amend the Charter of the Trustees of the College of Charleston.

March 2, 1897

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1897, Pages 632-633.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, That the charter of the Trustees of the College of Charleston be, and the same is hereby, amended so that hereafter the said College of Charleston shall be under the management of a Board of sixteen (16) Trustees. That in addition to the thirteen (13) Trustees now provided for by the charter of said Trustees, three (3) Trustees shall be elected by the graduates of said College who shall have heretofore graduated or shall hereafter graduate after pursuing the full course of said College necessary to receive its diploma, and shall have received their diplomas, such election to be had in the following manner:

It shall be the duty of the Board of Trustees to prepare a list of the now living graduates as aforesaid, with their post office addresses, which list shall be kept by the Secretary of the Board, who shall change the post office addresses of any graduate thereon whenever so notified by such graduate; such list shall have yearly added to it the graduates of that year, and the Secretary shall mark thereon the deaths of any graduates as he shall be notified thereof. At least thirty days before the fourth Tuesday in June in the year 1897 the Secretary shall address a communication to each graduate on such list, at his post office, to the effect that an election of three Trustees is to be made by the graduates, and requesting each graduate to deliver either personally or by mail to the Secretary, on or before the said fourth Tuesday, his vote, in writing and signed by such graduate, for the persons to act as Trustees. The Secretary shall receive such votes delivered or mailed to him and the same shall be counted by the Trustees on the Wednesday following said fourth Tuesday, and the three persons receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected as Trustees. The Board of Trustees shall then determine by lot as to which one of said Trustees shall serve for two, which for four and which for six years from said fourth Tuesday in June, 1897. And in each second year thereafter an election shall be had in like manner for a Trustee to serve for six years as successor to the Trustee whose term shall expire. Any Trustee shall be eligible for re-election. A failure to send out notices in any year thirty days before the fourth Tuesday in June shall not defeat an election, nor shall a failure to count the votes on the Wednesday succeeding such fourth Tuesday invalidate an election; but the Board of Trustees may, and it shall be their duty, should any failure occur, to proceed and rectify the same as soon as possible: Provided, That thirty days shall always be allowed between the day of mailing the notice and of counting the votes for the reception of the same, and that the certificates of mailing by the Secretary of the Board shall be sufficient evidence thereof.

SECTION 2. The Board of Trustees may by rule or resolution prescribe what number of the Board shall be sufficient to constitute a quorum to do business: Provided, That not less than seven shall be prescribed as sufficient for such quorum.

Approved: March 2nd, A.D. 1897.

William H. Ellerbee, Governor.
Miles B. McSweeney, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate.
Frank Boyd Gary, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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