Board Selection Criteria

Board Nomination Process


  • CAE – a plus, but not a must
  • Experience on other boards and positions held
  • Strategic thought leader experience
  • Experience with financial reports and responsibility
  • Relevant expertise in the disciplines of organizational management
  • Strong investment in the association community; tenure in the field at an executive level

NOTE: To ensure Board diversity, individuals with less association experience may be considered

TSAE Experience

  • Length of tenure as a member of TSAE is considered. 
  • Demonstrated leadership commitment and engagement with TSAE, including
  • Demonstrated positive interaction with TSAE staff
  • Ability to develop high-quality relationships
  • Previous TSAE volunteer roles

Personal Characteristics

  • Personable and easy to approach, accessible to members
  • Ability to think strategically about TSAE and the association management profession
  • Ability to work well with the Executive Director
  • Values and promotes consensus, cooperation and participation among all Board members 
  • Skilled in multi-dimensional thinking and problem analysis
  • Capacity to use knowledge for decision making that benefits the overall organization
  • Visionary and strategic thinker
  • Holds stature in the association industry and can articulate and represent the profession and TSAE
  • An appreciation for and understanding of diversity
  • Understand TSAE staff resource and budget constraints

Board Diversity

  • Diverse in age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, geographic representation, etc.
  • Broad representation of organization sizes represented
  • Broad representation of interest categories represented on the board (e.g. professional societies, trade groups, IT groups, heath care, hospitality, etc)
  • Diverse special interests/expertise
  • Diverse in geographical location across the state of Texas. 


  • Support from employer and colleagues regarding the time and financial commitment required for board service (outside the June Board Retreat, TSAE Board of Directors do not receive stipends for participation)
  • Actively participate in Board meetings and the Annual Conference as well as selected other educational programs and/or activities and promote these within their own organizations

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