What Does It Take To Be An NAEP Board Member?
National and District Board Members are elected by the Membership. A slate of Proposed Board Members is determined by the National Nominating Committee, which reports to the Membership, not to the Board or the CEO. The National Nominating Committee is chaired by the Immediate Past‐President and requests nominations from the Membership, the Board, past Board Members and the Regional Presidents. From this group, two (2) candidates for the open seat of 2nd Vice‐President are selected each year. Every five (5) years, two (2) candidates are selected for the Treasurer’s position. Ballots are mailed by the National Office.
The incumbent Board Members typically are nominated for the next seat in the progression. A slate of Proposed District Board Members is determined by the District Nominating Committee. The District Nominating Committee for each Voting District is chaired by the Voting District’s current Regional Presidents, who request nominations from their Membership. From this group, a maximum of two (2) candidates for the open seat are selected. The District Board Members typically are nominated for the next seat in progression.
Board of Directors Q & A:
CAN A BUYER BE A CANDIDATE FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP OR IS MEMBERSHIP LIMITED TO DIRECTORS, MANAGERS, ETC.?
Certainly, a Buyer can be a candidate for Board Membership, as long as their Institution is a Member in good standing.
DOES A BOARD CANDIDATE HAVE TO BE CERTIFIED?
No. However, certification is encouraged and is certainly an indication of professional pride and interest in our profession.
WHAT ARE THE THINGS NAEP LOOKS FOR IN THEIR CANDIDATES FOR THE BOARD?
There are only two formalized qualifications for Board Membership:
- A candidate for Board Membership must be a "working” representative of a Voting Member Institution.
- A Board Member must be elected by the Membership.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE AN NAEP BOARD MEMBER?
Some desirable characteristics of candidates are:
- Participation in NAEP affairs at regional and national levels.
- Respect of peers as a true purchasing professional.
- Experience: Several years in the educational environment.
- Articulate in both written and spoken word.
- Certification: C.P.M., A.P.P., CPPO and other such certifications are all indications of professionalism.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Take the first step: Let someone know you are interested. Participate in regional meetings. If you have a talent for writing, submit an article for publication in the Bulletin or Journal. Know who your Regional Officers are. When you attend the national meeting, introduce yourself to the Board Members. Tell them what you can do for NAEP. While the need is not always immediate, you have planted the seed.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT AWAY FROM MY INSTITUTION EACH YEAR?
A good rule of thumb is 15 to 20 days a year. This includes the national meeting, Winter Board Meeting, two or three regional meetings and (every 2 to 5 years) a summer strategic planning meeting.
WHAT DOES THE ASSOCIATION REIMBURSE FOR THIS TRAVEL?
Board Members are expected to pay their own travel expenses to Annual Meetings and to their "home” regional meetings (as well as any expenses for a companion). If extra days are required at the Annual Meeting, the Association will reimburse for the extra time only. Expenses for attending the Winter Board Meeting, strategic planning meeting, and assigned regional meetings are reimbursed by the Association.
HOW MUCH PUBLIC SPEAKING IS REQUIRED?
Board Members attend at least one Fall Regional Meeting in addition to their own. Usually a 30‐60 minute presentation on Association activities is made during the meeting. Often Board Members volunteer to make additional presentations at regional meetings. The President presides over the Annual Meeting and conducts the Opening General Session and the Annual Awards Luncheon.