This excerpt taken from the TOL DEF 14A filed Feb 1, 2006.
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charter
This Charter has been adopted by the Board of Directors of Toll Brothers, Inc. (the Company) to govern its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (the Committee), which shall have the authority, responsibility and specific powers described below.
Purposes. The Committees principal purposes are (a) to identify individuals qualified to become members of the Board of Directors and select, or recommend that the Board of Directors select, the director nominees for the next annual meeting of stockholders, (b) to develop and recommend to the Board of Directors a set of corporate governance guidelines applicable to the Company, and (c) to provide an annual report to the Board of Directors which shall include the results of the Committees annual evaluation of its performance, all in accordance with applicable laws or regulations of governmental authorities, applicable rules of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) or any other stock exchange where the Companys securities are from time to time listed (collectively, Applicable Requirements). The Committee shall also consider and act with regard to transactions among or between the Toll Realty Trust, the Company and/or affiliates of the Company.
Goals and Responsibilities. The Committee shall perform its duties in a manner consistent with the criteria set forth in this Charter for selecting new directors, and shall conduct oversight for the evaluation of the Board of Directors and management.
Criteria for Selecting New Directors. The Committee, in selecting, or in recommending the selection of, nominees for directors, shall consider all applicable statutory, regulatory, case law and NYSE requirements with regard thereto, including when appropriate those applicable to membership on the Audit Committee, as well as whatever other criteria it deems appropriate. Candidates shall, at a minimum, possess a background that includes a solid education, extensive business experience and the requisite reputation, character, integrity, skills, judgments and temperament, which, in the Committees view, have prepared him or her for dealing with the multi-faceted financial, business and other issues that confront a Board of Directors of a corporation with the size, complexity, reputation and success of the Company.
Committee Member Qualifications. The members of the Committee shall satisfy any Applicable Requirements, including the independence requirements of the NYSE from time to time in effect and applicable to the Company. Committee members shall be appointed and removed by the Board of Directors. A member of the Committee shall be selected by the Board of Directors to serve as the Committees chairperson. The Committee may delegate any position of its authority to a subcommittee comprised solely of its members.
Committee Meetings and Reporting. The Committee shall meet annually, or more frequently if deemed appropriate by its chairpersons or a majority of its members. The Committee shall make regular reports to the Board of Directors.
Board Size and Members. The Committee shall evaluate from time to time the appropriate size of the Board of Directors and recommend any increase or decrease with respect thereto; recommend any changes in the composition of the Board of Directors so as to best reflect the objectives of the Company and the Board of Directors; establish processes for developing candidates for Board membership, and for the conducting of searches for Board candidates; review candidates recommended by stockholders in accordance with the Committees policy for submission of such recommendations; conduct the appropriate and necessary inquiries in the backgrounds and qualifications of possible candidates; and propose a slate of Directors with respect to each class of Directors to be elected at each annual meeting of the Companys stockholders.
Board Compensation. The Committee shall evaluate and make recommendations to the Board of Directors with respect to compensation of Directors of the Company.
Establish Recommended Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Committee shall adopt and review, at least annually, corporate governance guidelines consistent with requirements of the NYSE.
Establish Procedures and Policies Regarding the Nominating Functions of the Committee. The Committee shall establish whatever procedures it deems necessary or appropriate to comply with rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission imposing requirements on nominating committees in connection with the director nominating process.
Board Committees. The Committee shall review the Board of Directors committee structure and recommend to the Board for its approval Directors to serve as members of each committee. The Committee shall review and recommend committee slates annually and shall recommend additional committee members to fill vacancies as needed.
Changes to Corporate Governance Instruments. Review proposed changes in, and where appropriate, propose changes with respect to, the Companys governing instruments, including, but not limited to, its Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws, as such documents relate to corporate governance and succession matters.
Advisors. The Committee shall have the sole authority to retain and terminate any search firm to be used to identify director candidates, including the sole authority to approve the search firms fees and other retention terms. The Committee may also retain counsel of its choice and other advisors which the Committee deems necessary.
Annual Charter Review. The Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter annually and, upon the completion of such review, recommend any proposed changes to the Board of Directors for approval.
Annual Performance Evaluation. The Committee shall annually review its own performance and report to the Board of Directors the conclusions of the Committee resulting from such review.
Additional Administrative Function. In addition to the foregoing purposes, duties and responsibilities, the Committee shall also have an administrative function whereby, subject to applicable law, the Committee may act in place of the Board of Directors in situations where immediate action is required, but the matter is of an administrative nature, such that a meeting of the full Board of Directors is not deemed necessary. Some examples of administrative matters include routine financing transactions in the ordinary course of business, loan documents, corporate guarantees and regulatory filings. The Committee shall have the full power and authority of the Board in such administrative situations; provided, however, that examples of actions with respect to which the Committee shall not have the power to act are as follows: (a) amend the Companys governing instruments, (b) remove directors from the Board, (c) fill vacancies or create new directorships on the Board, (d) authorize any material transaction outside the ordinary course of business, (e) take any actions which have been delegated to another committee of the Board of Directors, (f) take any action requiring the approval of the stockholders of the Company, or (g) take any action to dissolve the Company or sell all or substantially all of the assets of the Company. The Chairman of the Committee shall use his judgment and seek appropriate advice to determine whether a matter is administrative in nature to be acted upon by the Committee, or whether the matter requires consideration by the Board of Directors as a whole.