I hope the end of the season and school year is treating you well. As you have been hopefully getting some much-deserved rest, the NPTE Board has been hard at work to prepare for next season.
I first want to say thank you to Joe Gantt for his service as President of the NPTE. We are very grateful for all that he has done, and I am very happy he will remain on the board and continue to serve our community.
The first order of business I’ve put forth as President, and what was mentioned at the NPTE awards ceremony this last March, is to elect a new At-Large Board Member. This year, Derek Buescher is stepping down from the NPTE Board. We are also very grateful for his service and dedication to the activity over the years. You will be missed, Derek!
In the past, there has been an internal search and vote to replace a member that has stepped down. Now, the institution is aiming to instill more democracy within our bylaws and processes. We are very excited to announce that there will be a democratic election for our new board member and for all subsequent open seats in the future. We just voted to amend our bylaws to account for this new election process, and those changes can be seen on our site once the webmaster updates it.
The abridged/jargon-less version is below.
Each NPTE Board Member will now serve a 4 year term with the chance for re-election once their term expires. This is a change from the previous 10 year term that was in our bylaws for board members. Over the next 3 years, 2 seats each year will be up for re-election.
This year, however, there one seat available. What follows is the new election process for that new board seat.
Typically, the election process will occur immediately after the NPTE, but since we had been attempting to create this new process and amend our bylaws, it’s happening a bit later than will happen in the future.
Qualifications: All Board members must be individuals, be at least in their second year out of competition, be affiliated with a NPTE member institution, and hold a conferred undergraduate degree.
All potential nominees must notify the NPTE President via email by Friday, May 26. You can email me at Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to serve on the board. Nominees should be also willing to serve in an executive position on the board if one of the current members cannot fill that position. Currently the Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer positions are vacant, to be filled once a new Board Member is elected.
Member schools will have two weeks to decide and vote in an instant runoff voting method. Each member school will receive one vote and should email their vote to Kathryn.email@example.com by June 9.
Once the votes are tabulated, our new At-Large Board Member will be named!
After the election, the Board will be busy implementing other changes to make the NPTE the best it can to serve its community through working on outreach, democratization, cleaning up the rules, among other agenda items. We are excited to find a new new board member to join us as we move forward.
Shameless plug time – The Rocky Mountain Co-op is just over a month away. This year it runs June 25-July 1. Please consider attending! We have a fantastic coaching staff and are looking for more students to join us this year.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!