As many of you know, the AWSM executive board has been asking for feedback on the term structure for the organization’s leadership. Currently, our bylaws call for a five-year commitment: one year as Vice President/President-Elect followed by two years as President and two years as Chair of the Board. The intent is to create continuity and retain institutional knowledge.
The board has asked members their input on changing the bylaws to a three-year commitment, cutting the years as President and Chair of the Board to one year apiece. The reason for exploring this option has been the lack of candidates for the position. We have no candidates for Vice President/President-Elect for our upcoming elections which leaves us in a leadership void as my term expires at the 2012 convention. (No other executive board position has a specified term written into the bylaws.)
We have received some great feedback from members and I wanted to highlight the thoughts I’ve received so far. The majority of those who have emailed seem in favor of reducing the term from five years to three, particularly highlighting the changing nature of the sports media industry. There have been a number, however, who are opposed to changing the bylaws, citing the need for continuity and wondering if a move from a five-year to a three-year term would indeed induce people to run for the office.
What are your thoughts? We would love to hear them. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, if the idea of running for president interests you, feel free to drop me a note for more details.
In the meantime, look for an election ballot on our current slate of candidates for other open positions coming soon.
— Amy Moritz