Proposal to Change the Board of Directors
The ACSA Board of Directors is pleased to share a proposal for changing our governance structure to better enable the organization to lead architectural education and research. The proposal would shift the board’s seven regionally elected directors to a set of at-large directors, nominated and elected by the membership based on multiple criteria.
We invite all member school faculty to review and comment on the proposal, either at the ACSA Annual Meeting, March 23–25 in Detroit, or from your own campuses via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 24, at 5 pm Eastern. Based on your feedback the ACSA board will decide whether to send bylaws amendments to schools in April for a membership vote.
The proposal caps a three-year effort to revise our governance structure and renew the means by which we serve our members.
Timeline of Steps
Fall 2015—Create More Continuity
Bylaws amendments lengthened the vice president’s term to 2 years, combined secretary and treasurer positions.
Spring 2016—Make the Organization More Responsive and Engaged With Members
The ACSA board created a new strategic plan and established new working committees. Populated by ACSA members and board members, the committees are intended to better respond to member needs and make progress on strategic plan goals.
Now—Recalibrate the Board and Nominations Process to Become More Nimble and Effective
Assemble a diverse board of directors based on a range of competencies and demographic characteristics. Revamp the nominations process to better recruit volunteers at all levels of the organization.
- From Regional Directors to At-Large Directors. Remove the “geographically defined constituent associations” that structure our board of directors, replacing the seven regionally elected directors with five directors elected by the entire membership. Director terms will be staggered. Current regional directors will complete their existing terms, and new at-large directors will join gradually over three years.
- Recruiting Future Talent. Create a single nominating committee for all board positions, and strengthen the nominations process by emphasizing the connection between board member skills and backgrounds with the organization’s strategic goals.
- Working Committees. Make permanent the three new program committees—Research & Scholarship, Education, and Leadership—established last year to involve more members in implementing the strategic plan and recommending future actions by the board of directors.