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Board of Directors

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.

  • Doug Falk, Chief Information Officer, National Student Clearinghouse, Chair 2016
  • Charles Leonhardt, Director of Online Student Applications, Georgetown University, Vice Chair 2016
  • Brian Allison, Vice President of Product Development, USA Funds Secretary 2016
  • Kristi Blabaum, Systems Integration Analyst, Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, representing the National Association of Student Loan Administrators (NASLA) 2015
  • Mark Cohen, Senior Vice President, Market Strategy & Co-Founder, Parchment 2016
  • Tuan Anh Do, Director, Enrollment Management Technology, San Francisco State University 2015
  • Mark Jones, Chief Product Officer, Ellucian 2015
  • Michael Sessa, President & CEO, PESC
  • Francisco Valines, Director Financial Aid, Florida International University 2016
  • Andy Wood, Vice President of Product Engineering, Oracle 2016

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:

  1. Determine the organization's mission and purpose. It is the board's responsibility to create and review a statement of mission and purpose that articulates the organization's goals, means, and primary constituents served.
  2. Select the chief executive. Boards must reach consensus on the chief executive's responsibilities and undertake a careful search to find the most qualified individual for the position.
  3. Provide proper financial oversight. The board must assist in developing the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.
  4. Ensure adequate resources. One of the board's foremost responsibilities is to provide adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission.
  5. Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability. The board is ultimately responsible for ensuring adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
  6. Ensure effective organizational planning. Boards must actively participate in an overall planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan's goals.
  7. Recruit and orient new board members and assess board performance. All boards have a responsibility to articulate prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluate its own performance.
  8. Enhance the organization's public standing. The board should clearly articulate the organization's mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the community.
  9. Determine, monitor, and strengthen the organization's programs and services. The board's responsibility is to determine which programs are consistent with the organization's mission and to monitor their effectiveness.
  10. Support the chief executive and assess his or her performance. The board should ensure that the chief executive has the moral and professional support he or she needs to further the goals of the organization.

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.


Board Nomination Form

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