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An Act to Incorporate the Holston Conference Female College, in the Town of Asheville.

1854-1855 Private Laws: Chapter 57

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1854-55 - Pages 3-4.

Sec 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That John Reynolds, R. B. Vance, Joshua Roberts, B. J. Smith, Montraville Patton, James W. Patton, N. W. Woodfin, James Britain, J. S. Weaver, J. S. Burnet, Joseph Cathey, J. R. Siler, W. D. Rankin, P. W. Roberts, J. W. Woodfin, the president of the institution, ex officio, and their successors in office, be and they are hereby created and constituted a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of "The Trustees of Holston Conference Female College," a seminary of learning for females, situated in the town of Asheville, in the county of Buncombe.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the said trustees shall, by their corporate name and style aforesaid, have perpetual succession of officers and members, and shall be capable and liable, in law and equity, to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded in any court of law or equity, before any magistrate or other tribunal in this State; to use a common seal, and the same to change at will; and to make such by-laws and rules for the regulation and government of themselves and the said college, as they may deem necessary: Provided, such by-laws, rules and regulations be not repugnant to the constitution and laws of this State, or of the United States.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That the said board of trustees shall be and are authorized to appoint such officers as they may think proper for the organization and government of their own body, and also all the officers, professors, tutors and instructors of and in said college, and to remove the same at pleasure, and to exercise such general control and supervision over the officers, instructors, affairs and government of said college as they may deem advisable.

Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That the said trustees and their successors shall have and hold all the estate, property and funds now belonging to the said college, and all property, real and personal, funds, moneys, donations, legacies and devises which may hereafter be granted, conveyed, bequeathed and devised or given to said college in trust, nevertheless for the use and benefit of said college.

Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, That the said board of trustees, in order to raise a competent endowment therefor, shall have power and authority to sell and dispose of scholarships and steward's tickets in said college for such time and upon such terms as they may deem proper, and to issue certificates for the same, under their corporate seal, and that, all the scholarships and stewards tickets heretofore sold and bonds taken therefor shall inure to the benefit of and vest in the corporation hereby created, and all certificates issued and obligators [obligations] incurred by the former board shall devolve upon this corporation.

Sec. 6. Be it further enacted, That the said board of trustees shall be and are authorized to confer and award all such distinctions, honors, licences and degrees as are usually conferred and awarded in the female colleges of the United States.

Sec. 7. Be it further enacted, That the said trustees shall hold two regular meetings in each year, at such times as they may appoint, at which meetings five members shall constitute a quorum, for the transaction of business: and also that the said trustees shall have power to appoint an executive committee for the transaction of such necessary business as may arise in the interval of the regular meetings of the board, and that said committee shall have power to call the board together at such times as they may think the interest of the institution demands.

Sec 8. Be it further enacted, That any failure to hold a meeting as specified in the foregoing section shall not work a forfeiture of this charter.

Sec. 9. Be it further enacted, That all vacancies occurring in the board of trustees and the faculty of said college by resignation, removal, death or otherwise, shall be filled by the board, subject, however, to the approval of the Holston Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, according to the articles of agreement between said conference and the citizens of the town of Asheville.

Sec. 10. Be it further enacted, That this Act shall be deemed and taken to be a public Act, and shall take effect from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 16th day of February, 1855.

Thomas Bragg, Jr., Governor
Samuel P. Hill, Speaker of the House of Commons
Warren H. Winslow Speaker of the Senate

North Carolina
Office of Secretary of State, April, 1855.

I, William Hill, Secretary of State in and for the State of North Carolina,
do hereby certify that the Acts and Resolutions contained in this Pamphlet
are true copies of the original Acts and Resolutions passed by the General
Assembly of this State, at its late session.

William Hill, Secretary of State

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