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An Act to Re-organize the College of Charleston.

December 20, 1837

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VI, Page 575 - Points to:
The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VII, Pages 153-154

WHEREAS, the City Council of Charleston and the Trustees of the College of Charleston, have represented by their petition, that to advance the objects for which the said institution was incorporated, they have entered into an agreement for the surrender and transfer to the City Council of Charleston, of all the property of the said college; and the said City Council have agreed to accept the same, and undertake the re-establishment and maintenance thereof, and they pray for an Act to sanction the said arrangement:

I. Be it therefore enacted, by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the trustees of the College of Charleston be, and are hereby, authorized, now, or at any time or times hereafter, to surrender and transfer to the City Council of Charleston, all the property, real and personal, of and belonging to the said trustees of the College of Charleston, and also all right and interest granted or belonging to the said trustees, or to the said college, whether to escheat or otherwise, to be held by the said City Council of Charleston, in trust forever, to and for the sole use and benefit of the said College of Charleston; and further in trust, that the said City Council of Charleston shall and will provide the means to re-establish and maintain the said college, should the income of the college and the tuition fees be inadequate to that object, and so far as they may be so inadequate; and should the exercises of the said college be at any time unavoidably suspended, then so long as they are so suspended, the college fund shall be allowed to accumulate for the future benefit of the institution, and in like manner any surplus income that may at any time annually remain after defraying the expenses of the year, shall form an accumulating fund, and be invested to increase the income and extend the benefit of the institution, and shall be applied to no other purpose.

II. Be it further enacted, That the said College of Charleston shall be under the management and direction of a board of twenty-one trustees; that the mayor and recorder of the said city for the time being shall always be ex-officio members of the said board; that three of the said board shall be forthwith elected by the said City Council from their own body, to serve as trustees until the next annual election of aldermen; and three trustees shall thereafter be annually elected by the said City Council from their own body, immediately after the annual election of aldermen for the said city, and shall hold their office until the next annual election of aldermen; and that the said City Council shall forthwith elect from the present board of trustees sixteen persons, who, with such persons as may be hereafter elected in their stead, shall hold the office in the same manner, and for the same term, as it is now held; and the said board of trustees so appointed or elected, and their successors forever, shall be known as a body corporate, and designated in law by the name and title of the Trustees of the College of Charleston, and shall be, and are hereby, vested with all the rights, powers, privileges, authorities and franchises vested in the present board of trustees, either in and by their Act of incorporation, passed on the twentieth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, or by any other law or laws of this State.

III. Be it further enacted, That ten days previous notice being given, the said trustees, and their successors, shall meet on the Monday preceding the third Wednesday in October of every year, or on such other day or days annually as the board of trustees may direct, at the College in Charleston, and shall elect a President of the Board of Trustees, and such other officers as they may deem necessary, to serve for the ensuing year, or until a new election.

IV. Be it further enacted, That any vacancy that may occur in the Board of Trustees, from a vacancy in the Mayoralty or Recordership of the city, shall be filled by the officers respectively, duly elected to these offices, and all other vacancies in the said Board, either by the expiration of the office of the three members of council annnally elect, the Trustees, or by death, resignation or removal from the State, shall be filled by the City Council.

V. Be it further enacted, That the Faculty of the said College shall consist of a President and such Professors or Tutors as the Trustees may from time to time appoint; and neither the said President of the College, nor the said Professors or Tutors, during continuance in office, shall be Trustees of the said College.

VI. Be it further enacted, That the said City Council of Charleston shall in no case be chargeable for expenses incurred by the said College, except such as shall be sanctioned by them, and for which appropriation shall be made according to law.

VII. Be it further enacted, That such provisions in former Acts of the General Assembly of this State respecting the said College of Charleston, as are repugnant to or inconsistent with this Act, be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

In the Senate House, the twentieth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven, and in the sixty-second year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America.

PATRICK NOBLE, President of the Senate.
D. L. WARDLAW, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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