Each spring, 4-6 of the 13 seats on Alumni Board of Directors are up for election. Officers of the Association are also elected on rotating basis. All alumni are eligible to vote. Individuals wishing to be considered for a director position should complete the Board application and submit it to the office of Alumni Relations. Individuals will be approved by the current board and elections will take place prior to Alumni Weekend. Elected individuals will be notified and are expected to attend Alumni Weekend.
Who can vote in the Alumni Council election?
Any alumnus or member of the Alumni Association can vote for directors.
Who can run for Alumni Council?
Any alumnus. This includes graduates and individuals who attended for more than one semester but did not graduate.
What are the responsibilities of Board members?
The responsibilities of individual directors are to attend or participate in all scheduled meetings of the Board and the annual Alumni Weekend. Meetings are held on a monthly basis and additional meetings may be called when necessary. Board members are expected to: be a representative and spokesperson in your community for the University and the Association; assist with identifying, cultivating interest and involving alumni with the Association and the University; contribute financially to the Association and the University. This is a volunteer position.
How long are the Board terms?
Individual board members serve a two year term starting in April of the year they are elected. Individuals can be elected to two consecutive terms. After which individuals must step down and can run again after a term break. Some officer positions serve more than two years. (President Elect serves a year term before taking office as President and serving a two year term in this position.)
What is the process for candidacy?
The Alumni Council election cycle begins in January. Interested alumni can download a PDF of the application form once it's posted online or request a form by calling the Office of Alumni Relations. Completed applications are due by the date posted. The Board of Directors then reviews and approves all qualified candidates. Candidates are notified and Alumni Association works with candidates to procure bio information, photos, and position statements for use on the ballot. The election takes place prior to Alumni Weekend.
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 301-891-4151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.