Tuskegee University’s Board of Trustees is enhancing and revising the way in which it selects its alumni trustee. It will implement the new process this summer to fill the vacancy of current alumni trustee Dr. Irving McConnell, whose term expires this fall.
“The Board of Trustees frequently receives recommendations from alumni about how it can be more representative of and responsive to all university stakeholders,” said John E. Page, the board’s chair. “These suggestions, along with additional research, have resulted in a new process that better aligns with our objective to find the best candidate for service on the board and to the university.”
The chief role of the alumni trustee is to help the board govern and make decisions specifically from a graduate’s perspective. Previously, the Tuskegee National Alumni Association’s five regions each identified an alumni trustee candidate to be voted on by the university’s entire alumni base.
As part of this new process, the board has appointed alumni to an ad hoc Committee on Alumni Trustee Elections, who will review candidate applications. They reside throughout the country and represent graduation classes from 1966 to 2011. They, with the assistance of the university’s coordinator of alumni affairs and reunion programs, will recommend up to six nominees as semi-finalists for consideration by the trustees’ Nominating and Board Structure Committee.
The nomination period will begin on June 19 and close on July 26. Alumni interested in nominating themselves or another graduate should visit http://www.tuskegee.edu/alumnitrusteenomination, where they can find the online application, nominee qualifications, and more information about the selection process.
On Aug. 20, the board’s Nominating and Board Structure Committee will announce up to three finalists from the recommendations provided by the Committee on Alumni Trustee Elections. Online voting, administered by Votenet Solutions Inc., will begin on Aug. 23 and continue through Sept. 11. The finalist receiving the most votes (a plurality) will then go before the full Board of Trustees for its consensus. Once the trustees approve the elected finalist for board service, he or she will begin serving as the alumni trustee following the board’s fall meeting, and continue doing so through spring 2022.
“Everyone involved — from members of the ad hoc committee to trustees who will select our finalists — are fully committed to protecting the integrity of this enhanced process,” said Trustee Erick Harris ’09, who serves as vice chair of the Nominating and Board Structure Committee. “We look forward to identifying candidates whose commitment to Tuskegee is exemplary, and who are willing to devote their knowledge, time and financial resources to the university’s benefit.”
Alumni wishing to update their contact information to ensure they receive updates throughout the process, as well as information on how to vote, should complete the university’s Alumni Information Update Form.
About the Board of Trustees
The Tuskegee University Board of Trustees serves as the university’s governing and fiduciary body. Its responsibilities include providing university oversight through its president, as well as helping to advance its engagement with students, parents, alumni and philanthropic donors. The board is comprised of up to 25 voting members, which include five trustees appointed by Alabama’s governor. Board-appointed trustees serve for three years; state-appointed trustees for four years. In addition to the 25 voting trustees, there are several non-voting ex officio members, who include the university’s president, the chair of the Faculty Senate, a student trustee elected by the student body, and Alabama’s state superintendent of education.
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