Section 16-57-1

Board of commissioners; appropriations; bond of treasurer.

Appropriations made to Tuskegee Institute by the Alabama Legislature to be used for the purpose of maintaining a graduate school in agriculture, a graduate school in home economics and a graduate school in veterinary medicine, or such other areas as are deemed feasible and wise in accordance with felt need, shall be paid to the Treasurer of Tuskegee Institute, on warrant of the State Treasurer, and said Treasurer of Tuskegee Institute shall make a surety bond in the sum of $25,000.00, payable to the State of Alabama, to insure the safekeeping of such appropriations. The said bond shall be approved by the Secretary of State and the same shall be filed in his office. The premium on said bond shall be paid by warrant of the State Treasurer out of the General Fund. The said appropriation shall be under the control of the Board of Trustees of Tuskegee Institute, and the same shall be applied in such manner as it deems best to carry out the purpose of the appropriation. The commissioners hereinafter provided for shall be residents of the State of Alabama and shall be members of the board of trustees with the same rights and powers as the other trustees, except as to filling vacancies on the Board of Trustees of Tuskegee Institute, in which they shall have no voice.

There shall be appointed by the Governor five commissioners who shall hold office for a term of four years and until their successors are appointed and qualified; should a vacancy occur on the board of commissioners appointed by the Governor by death, resignation, refusal to serve or by becoming otherwise disqualified, then such vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term by the Governor. The Superintendent of Education of the State of Alabama shall be an ex officio member of said board of commissioners. The commissioners appointed by the Governor, as herein provided, shall make an annual written report to the Superintendent of Education of the State of Alabama of the conditions and progress of graduate instruction hereinabove referred to.

(Acts 1943, No. 245, p. 202, § 1; Acts 1945, No. 87, p. 85, § 1.)