The Board of Directors governs all actions and activities of PESC and maintains overall authority in fulfilling PESC's mission and establishing PESC's policies.
The Board of Directors meets at least quarterly, at such dates and at such places, as the members of the Board of Directors determine. A quorum for the Board of Directors consists of two-thirds of the Board of Directors (currently 9). All motions before the Board of Directors are decided by a simple majority of votes cast.
While individual roles and responsibilities of members of the Board of Directors may change from time to time, the Board of Directors as a whole must ensure they are meeting and fulfilling the following:
Eligibility: Representatives from member organizations (with dues paid current) are eligible to serve on the PESC Board of Directors. There are 12 elected Directors and each 2-year term of service runs July 1, 20xx - June 30, 20yy. As terms of service are staggered on the Board of Directors, elections are held each spring at PESC's Annual Membership Meeting at which half of the Board is elected each year. Per bylaws, PESC's President & CEO is appointed as the 13th Board member.
Nomination Process: Note that PESC does not accept 'write-in' candidates. Instead and due to specific bylaw requirements, a slate of nominees is presented from which Members vote. Nominees are acquired from the membership through an open, nomination period during which any member may propose a nominee including from its own organization. Bylaws require that two members of the Board of Directors be from commercial organizations, two members be from higher education associations representing institutions, and two members be from other non-profit associations. These representation requirements must be satisfied first. Then remaining candidates with the highest votes are elected accordingly.
Election Process: Those nominees appearing on the ballot will have five minutes each to address the Members immediately prior to voting at the Membership Meeting. Nominees, who may want to introduce themselves sooner as they may not be as familiar with the PESC Membership or who wish to communicate with Members over the coming weeks, can submit no more than two communications (emails, letters, etc.) to the PESC office. In turn the PESC office will issue that nominee's communication(s) to the PESC Members over the PESC Member listserve. Nominees are still able to communicate directly and independently with voting members outside of this process.
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