(a) Any educational institution heretofore incorporated under special act of the Legislature or under the general laws of the state may amend its charter as follows:
(1) The trustees of the corporation must adopt a resolution embracing the desired amendment of the charter, which must be spread upon the minutes of the trustees;
(2) If the trustees are not self-perpetuating, but are appointed or elected by any persons or organization other than the trustees themselves, a resolution embracing the desired amendments to the charter shall be submitted to the persons or organization having the power to elect or appoint the trustees, and the resolution shall be approved by the persons or organization having the power to elect or appoint the trustees;
(3) The resolution must then be submitted to the Governor, together with the approval of the persons or organization having the power to appoint or elect the trustees, and if the amendment is approved by the Governor, he or she shall endorse his or her approval upon the resolution; and
(4) It must then be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State, and when so approved and filed, it shall become a part of the original charter of the institution.
(b) The amendment of the charter provided for in this section may include a change of name, power to confer degrees and grant diplomas, to hold real and personal property, to borrow money, mortgage or pledge property of the corporation, to change the number of trustees and the manner of appointing or electing the same; but if authorized to mortgage property and stock is owned in the institution, it must be only upon the consent of the holders of three fourths in value of the capital stock of the corporation, which must be expressed in writing and recorded as a deed or mortgage and executed in the form required for deeds, mortgages, or other conveyances.
(c) Before filing the amendment in the Office of the Secretary of State, the trustees must pay to the Secretary of State for the benefit of the State of Alabama the filing fee required under Section 10A-1-4.31 for filing an amendment to a certificate of formation.
(d) Upon the approval, filing, and payment of fees for the amendment, as provided for in this section, the Secretary of State shall issue to the trustees a certified copy of the amendment under the seal of the state.