3. The Council of Experts
In accordance with Article IV, Section 11 and Article VII of the Bylaws of USP, the Executive Vice President–Chief Executive Officer (EVP–CEO) or the EVP–CEO’s designee shall serve as Chairperson of the Council of Experts (CoE Chairperson) and establish policies and Work Plans (as defined in Section 5.05 below), assign responsibilities, and otherwise direct the work of the Council of Experts and its Expert Committees. The CoE Chairperson shall chair all meetings of the Council of Experts and the Executive Committee. In the event of the temporary absence of the CoE Chairperson, the CoE Chairperson shall designate another person to act in his or her stead. The CoE Chairperson may also appoint USP staff members to act as scientific liaisons to Expert Committees (Scientific Liaisons) to work on behalf of the CoE Chairperson to support and assist the Council of Experts and its Expert Committees in carrying out their Work Plans and other assigned responsibilities.
3.02 Election & Duties
The Council of Experts shall be elected in accordance with Article VII, Section 2 of the Bylaws. Each member of the Council of Experts shall chair an Expert Committee. In the event of a vacancy in the Council of Experts, the Council of Experts shall appoint a replacement as provided in Article VII, Section 7 of the Bylaws. The chairperson of each Expert Committee shall meet with the CoE Chairperson on a regular basis to report progress against the established Work Plan, adjust tasks as appropriate, and discuss other matters relating to the Expert Committee.
A member of the Council of Experts may be removed for cause by the Board of Trustees, upon recommendation of the CoE Chairperson or the Executive Committee, as provided in Article VII, Section 2 of the Bylaws. As used herein, “cause” may include, but is not limited to, unprofessional conduct, inattention to duties, or failure to abide by USP’s Code of Ethics or these Rules.