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Board Nominations Packet

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. The perception is 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

2018-2019 APPA President
Chair, Nominating Committee

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. As an elected officer, not only do you give back to the association and the facilities profession it serves, you will also gain enormous leadership skills and develop yourself professionally in many meaningful ways. A strong and steady leadership is essential for an association to remain vital and relevant in these ever-changing times. Engaged, committed members are essential to guide the APPA organization and the facilities profession toward a bright and productive future. Dedicated volunteer leadership and service, coupled with a dedicated professional staff, ensures a vibrant future for APPA.

To better meet the needs of our members and our profession, APPA has created this elections packet to increase communication and understanding of the service and time commitment for engaging in an elected office on behalf of APPA. The perception is that serving APPA as an elected officer takes too much time away from the office. Indeed, it does require a personal commitment of time and energy. However, past elected officers will tell you that personal rewards and professional benefits outweigh the costs of engagement and the time expended.

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 and areas of expertise.  

All applications for election are due no later than December 9, 2019.

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

As a nonprofit association, APPA’s success depends on the 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 Board of Directors, or the Chair of our Nominating Committee, 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)

Duties:

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 capable leadership upon becoming President; and provide oversight for the work of the program areas. As President of the Association, 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 Boards agenda; preside over the 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. In all respects, the office of President of APPA requires active engagement with the regions and continued efforts to nurture APPA’s collaborative partnership and international relationships.

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 capable leadership upon becoming President; and provide oversight for the work of the program areas. As President of the Association, 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 preparation of the agenda for the Board of Directors and the annual business meeting; and have general knowledge of and provide leadership responsibility for the business aspects of the Association. As Immediate Past President, he/she will be Chair of the Nominating Committee among other duties as assigned by the APPA Board. In all respects, the office of President of APPA requires active engagement with the regions and continued efforts to nurture APPA’s international relationships.

Qualifications:

Demonstrated extensive record and past history of significant leadership service to an international association, regional association, state and local chapter organizations, and/or the profession in general; past history of successful association/organization work related to complex organizations and diverse populations.

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

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

Duties:

The Vice President for Member & Community Engagement will be responsible for such activities as: cultivating a supportive and sharing professional community by ensuring the Association’s products and services are increasingly differentiating and valued by its members.  Serve as Chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee.  Serve 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 appropriated applied throughout business meetings.

Qualifications:

Responsibility, experience, and/or oversight of the members’ strategy and experience within an educational facilities organization; demonstrated interest in membership growth and retention efforts; past experience as a regional treasurer is preferred.

Vice President for Information and Communications

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

Duties:

The Vice President for Information and Communications 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 write and publish professional papers; oversight for development and delivery of APPA’s website and electronic media; oversight of the FPI (Facilities Performance Indicators) and BOK (Body of Knowledge) to ensure they are current, relevant, and useful to member institutions. In addition, serves as the APPA Board representative to the APPA Standard and Codes Council.

Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience in research and assessment activities, past experience working with the publication of professional articles and research; past history working with technology in both print and electronic formats.

Vice President for Professional Affairs

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

Duties:

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. Be responsible for studying ways to develop and implement professional standards and credentials applicable to the Association and its members.

Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience in the depth and breadth of the facilities management profession and its application in the educational environment; experience working with other nonprofit organizations and agencies preferred; general understanding and appreciation for international association and/or education professional activities.

Vice President for Professional Development

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

Duties:

The Vice President for Professional Development will be responsible for such duties as: organizing the work of his/her committee and subcommittee/task forces(s) as needed to expedite and accomplish the responsibilities of the office.  Be responsible for providing opportunities to elevate the Association community’s professional skills, knowledge, and abilities.  Be responsible for general oversight of the planning, developments, and quality of relevant content, programs, and delivery methods for the Association’s educational and professional development programs and services. Also serves as the Board liaison to the APPA Board for Educational Facilities Professional Certification. 

Qualifications:

Demonstrated understanding of the development of educational and training programs for delivery in the association environment; past history of involvement with international/regional association and their education activities; extensive experience or past record of successful 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 9, 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 2020Voting period
April 2020Candidates notified of elections results and elections posted publicly on website
August 2020Officers installed at APPA 2020
Annual Conference – Boston, Massachusetts

2020 Election Cycle for APPA Elected Officers

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President for Member & Community Engagement
  • Vice President for Professional Affairs