A corporation formed for the promotion of academic, collegiate, or university education, under religious influences, incorporated under the laws of this state, by special act or otherwise, may avail itself of section 1713.22 of the Revised Code, as a part of its articles or certificate of incorporation, and may confer on an ecclesiastical body of such religious sect, association, or denomination, which it is or proposes to be connected with, whether it is a conference, association, presbytery, synod, general assembly, convocation, or otherwise, all of the rights, powers, or privileges allowed to be conferred by such section on corporations organized under such section, and may accept the provisions of such section by a vote of the majority of its trustees at any regular meeting.
When so accepted, a copy of the acceptance, certified by the secretary or clerk of its board of trustees or directors, shall be sent to the ecclesiastical body with which it is or proposes to be connected. If such body agrees to accept the powers proposed to be conferred upon it, it shall certify its approval upon the certified copy, and the certified copy thereupon shall be filed in the office of the secretary of state. When thus filed it will be a part of the charter of such corporation, and such ecclesiastical body shall exercise all the rights and powers set forth in the articles or certificate of incorporation.
After such acceptance the board shall certify it to the patronizing conference or other religious body having the right to elect or appoint trustees of such university or other institution of learning, at the next meeting of such conference or other religious body. Thereafter the board shall consist of twenty-one trustees elected or appointed, and the president of such university or other institution of learning, who shall be ex officio a member thereof. Such elected or appointed trustees shall be divided into three classes of seven members each.
At the first election or appointment after such acceptance, one of such classes shall be elected or appointed for one year, one for two years, and one for three years. In subsequent elections or appointments each of the classes of trustees shall be elected or appointed for three years. No term of office of such a trustee shall expire during a meeting of the board which does not continue more than two weeks. Ten members of the board shall constitute a quorum. Vacancies which occur in any class of trustees otherwise than by expiration of the term of office shall be filled only for the remainder of the term.
Effective Date: 10-01-1953 .