ACSA Propose Bylaws Amendments to Change the Board of Directors
April 13, 2017
The ACSA Board of Directors is pleased to announce proposed Bylaws amendments that change our governance structure to better enable the organization to lead architectural education and research. The amendments 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.
The proposal comes after two rounds of feedback from the membership starting in March. We continue to solicit your questions and feedback via firstname.lastname@example.org and will hold two conference calls open to members.
We invite you to download the Bylaws ballot information as well as more detailed background on the proposal, including Frequently Asked Questions. (Only Faculty Councilors at full member schools are eligible to vote on the proposal.)
Online voting opens
April 24, 10:30-11:30 am Eastern
May 5, 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern
Bylaws proposal discussed in conference calls with the ACSA membership
Deadline for online voting 5:00 pm Pacific
About the Governance Changes
The proposal caps three years of changes to the ACSA’s governance structure.
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.
2017 Proposed Board Changes
- 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.