In furtherance of the purposes of the compact, the board of directors may do the following:
(1) Accept donations of funds or land, bequests, grants, appropriations, loans, membership fees, or other forms of financial assistance for educational and other purposes in furtherance of this article, from any federal entity, from the state, its agencies and subdivisions, or any local public entity which are hereby authorized to grant any of the foregoing forms of assistance, or from any private person, or other agency, and to comply with rules and regulations concerning grants by the federal government or other grantors, which are not in contravention of the constitution and laws of this state or the United States.
(2) Enjoy and exercise any powers and duties, not inconsistent with this chapter, which are authorized to non-profit organizations under Title 10.
(3) Engage the services, by employment or otherwise, of a full-time or part-time executive director, who shall be the chief administrative officer, and fix the term and make provisions for compensation and any allowances and benefits as the board may provide. The executive director shall perform the duties of secretary as enumerated in Section 16-44A-9 and shall execute all documents of the compact. The director shall employ or contract for any necessary personnel or other assistance and terminate, when necessary, any personnel or other assistance and shall supervise, designate the duties and titles, and fix the terms for assistance, within the overall budget adopted by the board.
(4) Review and approve personnel policies recommended by the director. No employee shall be deemed an employee within the meaning of the Alabama Merit System or teacher tenure laws, but shall be entitled to public employee health insurance and state teacher retirement benefits on the same basis afforded public school employees. The board may provide for and authorize payment for other benefits. Employees of the compact shall be reimbursed for travel in the same manner provided by law for state employees, provided the travel is approved in advance by the executive director.
(5) Delegate to the executive director any and all powers and duties necessary to aid in the efficient administration of the policies of the board.
(6) File an annual report, including a financial report, with the Governor, Legislature of Alabama, and compact members.