The PAS Board of Directors is recommending an alteration to the PAS by-laws that may be adopted by a majority vote at the annual meeting. As per Article VII of the by-laws, we are providing notice in writing of this proposed change no less than 30 days in advance of the vote at the annual Business Meeting. At the 2018 Business Meeting, the membership suggested that PAS consider direct election as an alternative method of selecting the PAS president. As a result, the Board has drafted the following proposed change.
Currently, the president is annually elected by and from the Board of Directors to serve for one year of a three-year Board term, generally following a one-year term as Vice President. In recent years, however, the Board has experienced occasional difficulties finding a Director willing and able to take on the presidency. For that reason, we propose direct election of the president to a three-year term, separate from election of the nine Directors. Presidential candidates would run specifically for that office, cognizant of their commitment from the outset.
Similar to the Board of Directors election in which two candidates are annually fielded for each of three open positions, two presidential candidates would be sought every other year. The first year served during the three-year term would be as President-Elect, an ex officio Board position, with the following two years of the term served as President, a Board position. If two presidential candidates cannot be found in a presidential election year, then the method of selecting a president will revert to the current practice of election from and by the Board. In all cases, a vice president will still be annually elected from the Board.
Please review these proposed changes prior to the Business Meeting in preparation for a discussion and a vote. Thanks for your attention to these changes, and we look forward to seeing you in Oklahoma in a month!
Kelly J. Pool, President, and the Board of Directors
Proposed changes to two Articles are in red:
Section 2. Number, Tenure, and Qualifications. The number of Directors shall be nine and shall be classified with respect to the time for which they shall severally hold office by dividing them into three classes, each class consisting of three Directors. The class of Directors which shall be the successors to the class of Directors whose terms shall expire that year shall be elected by members of the corporation by mail or electronic media ballot prior to each annual meeting, to serve for three years, and until their successors are elected.
Section 2. Election and Term of Office.
The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee of three members, one of whom, and no more than one, shall be a member of the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee shall make nominations for the Board of Directors
Return postage shall be paid by the member. Each member in good standing in the corporation shall be entitled to vote for the specified number of candidates to the Board of Directors