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Board recommends term change for appointed members

July 26, 2013


The Board of Directors of the Educational Theatre Association is recommending a change in the organization’s Code of Regulations that will provide for a single four-year term for appointed board members. The proposal will be submitted to the EdTA membership for approval in the upcoming election in September.

The three appointed members of the EdTA board currently serve three-year terms, and can be reappointed once, to serve up to six years. If approved by voting members, the change will become effective on August 1, 2015.

“We’re recommending the change to a longer single term because we think it will make for a better fit with the constantly changing landscape of the association, accommodate the learning curve for new appointed directors, and provide for a better balance between the terms of appointed and elected directors,” President Gloria McIntyre said.

Here is the new code language recommended by the board:

Section 4.4.2. Appointed Directors. Effective for the new appointment term starting August 1, 2015, The Board of Directors shall appoint three Directors for a term of four years commencing on the August 1 after the day of the annual meeting of the Board of Directors at which the Appointed Director is appointed and ending on the July 31 of the fourth year thereafter, or until his or her successor is appointed and qualified. An Appointed Director may serve no more than one full four-year term; provided that, however, the filling of an unexpired term of less than four years created by a vacancy shall not constitute a full term.

The proposed language would replace the existing Section 4.4.2, which reads:

Section 4.4.2. Appointed Directors. The Board of Directors shall appoint three Directors for a term of three years commencing on the August 1 after the day of the annual meeting of the Board of Directors at which the Appointed Director is appointed and ending on the July 31 of the third year thereafter, or until his or her successor is appointed and qualified. An Appointed Director may serve no more than two full three-year terms; provided that, however, the filling of an unexpired term of less than three years created by a vacancy shall not constitute a full term.

In a related discussion of the nominating process for elected board members, the board explored ways of providing more meaningful guidance to support the Nominating Committee’s work of preparing a slate of candidates for board elections. Board President Gloria McIntyre said that guidance will likely take the form of a set of criteria that would apply to all board candidates in any election, and a list of desired qualities in candidates for each specific election based on an assessment of the current composition of the board.

Finally, the board approved motions honoring McIntyre and board member Gai Jones, whose terms end on August 1, for their service to the board and the association.