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Board Nominations

Elected Officer Nominations & Elections

Consider being a candidate for an elected office in APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities. Your future contribution to APPA will be an invaluable benefit for our members and ensures that APPA is the association of choice for educational facilities professionals. As an elected officer, not only do you give back to the association and the facilities profession it serves, you will gain enormous leadership skills and develop yourself professionally in numerous meaningful ways.

A strong and steady leadership is essential for an association to remain vital and relevant. Engaged, committed members are essential to guide APPA and the facilities profession toward a bright and productive future. Committed volunteer leadership and service, coupled with a dedicated professional staff, ensures a vibrant future for APPA.

We are opening up the governance structure and process to increase communication and understanding of the service and time commitment. There is a perception that serving APPA as an elected officer takes too much time away from the office. It does require a personal commitment of time and energy. However, past elected officers will tell you that the personal rewards and professional benefits outweigh the costs of engagement and the time expended.

Introduction

Picture of President Don Guckert

Don Guckert

University of Iowa

2018-2019 APPA President
Chair, Nominating Committee

Members of the Nominating Committee:
CAPPA, Angela Meyer
ERAPPA, Jessica Abbott
MAPPA, Jim Bogan
PCAPPA, Bob Andrews
RMA, Luis Rocha
SRAPPA, Dan Wooten

Dear Members and Potential Candidates:

We appreciate your interest in serving as a candidate for an elected office in APPA, “Leadership in Educational Facilities.” As an association, we offer innumerable opportunities for professional development for our members. Serving as an elected officer represents one of those opportunities.

To better meet the needs of our members and our profession, APPA has created this elections packet to outline the strategic role an elected officer plays in guiding the Association through transformative change by ensuring alignment with APPA’s Strategic Plan.

There are five (5) elected officer leadership positions within the APPA governance structure.  Please review the positions noted in this packet.  Consider nominating yourself or others for the position that best matches your passion, background knowledge, and areas of expertise.

All applications for election are due no later than December 20, 2019.

Please submit your application electronically to nominations@appa.org.

As a nonprofit association, APPA’s success depends on the expertise, energy, and enthusiasm of its volunteer leaders.  If you have any questions about the nominations and election process, or if you just want to talk about the real-time commitment, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the APPA Nominating Committee, or its Chair, Don Guckert, Immediate Past President.  On behalf of APPA, we thank you for your time and consideration of this important leadership opportunity.  Your nomination is encouraged!  We look forward to hearing from you.

President-Elect

Term 3 Years (Election occurs annually)

General Duties & Responsibilities:

The President-Elect will act in the absence or disability of the President; become thoroughly acquainted with the affairs of the Association in order to provide strong, capable leadership upon becoming President.  He/she will work with the Presidential Triad to provide oversight for the committees’ work plans.  As President of the Association, he/she will continue implementation of APPA’s visionary Strategic Plan and guide the execution of its governance structure changes.  He/she will be considered the chief executive officer of the Association and perform all duties commonly incidental to and vested in the office of President of a corporation to include chair of the Board; preparation of the Board’s agenda; preside over the Board of Directors and the Association’s annual business meeting; and have general knowledge of and provide leadership responsibility for the business aspects of the Association and its Executive Vice President.  As Immediate Past President, he/she will be Chair of the Nominating Committee among other duties as assigned by the APPA Board of Directors.  In all respects, the office of President of APPA requires active engagement with the regions and chapters and continued efforts to nurture APPA’s collaborative partnerships and international relationships.

Overall Qualifications:

Demonstrated extensive record and past history of strategic leadership service to an international association, regional association, state or local chapter organizations, related professional associations/ unrelated boards, and/or the facilities management profession in general; past history of successful association/ institution work related to complex organizations and diverse populations. 

Vice President for Member & Community Engagement and Chair, Awards and Recognition Committee

Term 3 Years (Next election occurs March/April 2020)

General Duties & Responsibilities:

The Vice President for Member & Community Engagement is principally responsible for cultivating a supportive and sharing professional community by ensuring the Association’s products and services are increasingly differentiating and valued by its members.  As such, he/she will organize the work of his/her committee and/or subcommittees as needed to expedite and accomplish the major responsibilities assigned to this position.  Such duties include:  collecting, analyzing, and evaluating member data to inform strategy for targeted outreach; implement strategies designed to promote greater understanding of APPA’s community, brand, and value proposition; and provide perspective on the needs and expectations of APPA’s members to other APPA committees/task forces.  He/she serves as Chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee.  He/she also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors Bylaws Committee attending all business meetings of the Board of Directors ensuring the Bylaws of the Association are adhered to and that Robert’s Rules of Order are appropriately applied throughout business meetings.

Overall Qualifications:

Responsibility, experience, and/or oversight of the member strategy and experience within an educational facilities organization; demonstrated interest in membership growth and retention efforts; demonstrated interest in employing data analytics to enhance member engagement; and the ability to strategize the most effective approach for securing potential new members.

Vice President for Information and Communications

Term 3 Years (Next election occurs March/April 2021)

General Duties & Responsibilities:

The Vice President for Information and Communications is principally responsible for assembling and disseminating our collective wisdom and knowledge.  As such, he/she will organize the work of his/her committee and/or subcommittees as needed to expedite and accomplish the major responsibilities assigned to this position.  Such duties include:  general oversight encouraging members of the Association to research, write, and publish professional papers; oversight for development and delivery of APPA’s website and other multi-media to ensure the effectiveness of information storage and retrieval; oversight of the FPI (Facilities Performance Indicators) and BOK (Body of Knowledge) to ensure they are current, relevant, and useful to member institutions; and, offer strategies for advancing the Strategic Plan’s goal of cultivating community and enhancing networking.  In addition, serves as the APPA board representative to the APPA Standards and Codes Council. 

Overall Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience in research and assessment activities; past experience working with data and predictive analytics; past history working with technology in both print and electronic formats; and, experience providing strategic leadership and diversity of thought within complex organizations.

Vice President for Professional Affairs

Term 3 Years (Next election occurs March/April 2021)

General Duties & Responsibilities:

The Vice President for Professional Affairs will be responsible for such activities as organizing the work of his/her committee and/or subcommittee/task force(s) as needed to expedite and accomplish the responsibilities of the office.  Be responsible for broadening the Association’s reach and relevancy by exploring strategic partnerships and alliances with other associations and external agencies to advance the stature, reputation, and prominence of the profession and the Association.  Provide focus and attention to emerging trends and best practices impacting the profession.  Be responsible for studying ways to develop and implement professional standards and credentials applicable to the Association and its members. 

Overall Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience in the depth and breadth of the facilities management profession and its application in the educational environment; experience working strategically and collaboratively with other non-profit organizations and agencies; general understanding of and appreciation for an international association and/or education professional activities; and, past history managing/leading transformative change in complex organizations.

Vice President for Professional Development

Term 3 Years (Next election occurs March/April 2021)

General Duties & Responsibilities:

The Vice President for Professional Development will be responsible for promoting continuous learning and providing opportunities to elevate the Association community’s professional skills, knowledge, and abilities.  As such, he/she will organize the work of his/her committee and subcommittee/task force(s) as needed to expedite and accomplish the responsibilities of the office.  He/she will be responsible for general oversight of the planning, development, and quality of relevant content, programs, and delivery methods for the Association’s educational and professional development programs and services.  Also serves as the APPA Board of Directors liaison to the APPA Board for Educational Facilities Professional Certification.

Overall Qualifications:

Demonstrated understanding of the development of educational training programs for delivery in the association environment; past history of involvement with an international/regional association, or other related entity(s) education activities; extensive experience or past record of successful strategic leadership in the field of facilities management to ensure the application of educational programming is pertinent and relevant to/for the membership.

Terms and Election Cycle for Elected Officers

The President-Elect will serve for a term of one year, and thereafter will automatically succeed to the office of President, after which he or she will serve a one-year term as the Association’s Immediate Past President (three years total service). A new President-Elect is selected each year.

An officer elected to one of the following positions serves one, three-year term: Vice President for Member & Community Engagement; Vice President for Information and Communications; Vice President for Professional Affairs; and Vice President for Professional Development.

APPA Elected Officers Candidate Election Timeline

Dates:

July-December 2019Call for nominations/applications
December 20, 2019Candidate applications due
December 2019-January 2020Applications reviewed by Nominating Committee of the Board
January 2020 Board of Directors approves slate of officers
March 2020Election/voting procedure announced
March-April 2020Commence voting period
April 2020Candidates notified of elections results, and posted publicly on website
August 2020Officers installed at APPA 2020
Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts

Applications for Open Positions for 2020 Elections

[See application for more details concerning each role, its expectations, and requirements for submittal.]