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About the Board of Directors

The TSAE Board is comprised of 19 members and meets quarterly. The Board consists of the Chairman, Chair Elect, Past Chairman, as well as 11 elected members from the Association Executive member categories, four (4) elected members from the Affiliate member category, and the President of TSAE.

Frequently Asked Board Nomination Questions

Who is the ideal board candidate?

There is no “ideal” board candidate. Instead, TSAE  wants its board to include individuals with diverse work, life, social and educational backgrounds so that it can make well-rounded decisions that reflect its entire membership. TSAE seeks true diversity — in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, industry, location and work roles — in its board.

What do board volunteers do?

Board members are responsible for strategically thinking, planning and evaluating on behalf of the association. While association staff and volunteers typically execute TSAE programs, the board is responsible for envisioning the program, setting their direction and evaluating them for progress and success. As leaders, board members help set the agenda — for TSAE and for the entire association profession. 

What do board volunteers get in return for their service?

Previous TSAE Board members have attested to the tremendous value of board service. In addition to impressive line items for their resumes, they have reported significant professional and personal benefits, including: the opportunity to meet, work with and learn from industry leaders; the chance to share their own knowledge, expertise and training with others; professional recognition that elevates their stature within their own associations and within the association community at large; valuable work experience that opens the door to new career opportunities; and relationships with new friends and lifelong mentors. 

How much time does board service require?

Although board members must be willing to invest time in preparing for and thoughtfully participating in board meetings, the time commitment is not onerous.  The TSAE Board meets four times a year for no more than a half day and has a retreat every other summer. Finally, board members are expected to attend TSAE's Annual Conference, serve as a board liaison to a committee or working group and miscellaneous other educational programs and activities. 

Can I nominate myself?

Yes. TSAE members may nominate themselves for board service by following the same procedures they would use in order to nominate someone else. 

What’s the nominating process?

NEW FOR 2016: This past spring, the TSAE approved a change to the timing of Board of Director terms in an effort to have new Board members elected and installed in office prior to the board’s summer retreat.

TSAE’s nominating committee will call for board nominations in December/January each year. Nominated members will be asked to supply more information to the nominating committee by mid February. The committee will review the nominations based on the criteria and interview the finalists the in late February. The committee will then recommend one candidate per position for the slate which will be presented to the Board at the March/April Board meeting. The board of directors will vote on the board slate and it will be posted on the TSAE website later that week.

2016 Timeline:

Review the Criteria for TSAE Board Member Selection

Has the nomination process changed from the past?

In 2011, a Nominating Task Force refined not only the application process, but also the application itself. The committee now ask candidates to respond to just a few very strategic questions. For example, how will candidates contribute to the board as part of a team and what their skills are as a leader? Candidates are asked to comment on why they want to serve and what you can do for TSAE. In 2012, the board decided to implement an interview of all finalists by the committee to help better gauge candidate's personality, enthusiasm and commitment.

What if I’m nominated, but not selected?

There is always next year! And there are always myriad volunteer opportunities within TSAE.

How do I nominate a candidate?

If you know of an individual who meets the Nominating Committee's criteria, and who might be willing to serve on the TSAE Board, please complete the online nomination form when it goes live in the spring. TSAE will then contact the candidate with the link to the board application.

Who can answer other questions that I have?

For more information about the nominating process, or about nominating criteria, contact TSAE chairman JJ Colburn at