Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Nominations Needed for NRPA Board of Trustees

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Nominations Needed for NRPA Board of Trustees

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On May 19, 2006, the NRPA Board of Trustees made the decision to reduce the number of trustees and transition from its current model representing branches and regions to a board of 21 at-large members. At its Oct. 14, 2006, meeting the board adopted a transition plan and bylaws to gradually reduce the number of members from 70 to 21 by the 2009 NRPA Congress & Exposition.

The transition plan is an attrition model that does not elect any expiring terms during the next two years. However, during the next two years of the transition phase, the board will elect at-large positions each year for three-year terms.

In addition, for the 2008 election, two positions, one professional and one citizen, will be appointed for one-year terms. The board will continue to elect a president-elect, chair, vice chair, secretary, and treasurer from among the elected trustees. The president and past president will remain "automatic" positions.

There will continue to be a dual slate (no more than two nominees on the ballot) of candidates for all professional and officer positions. Under certain circumstances, there may be only one name on the ballot for those positions. There will continue to be a single slate (one nominee on the ballot) for the citizen positions.

The rationale for a single slate recognizes that the commitment of a citizen trustee is somewhat different from that of a professional. The citizen serves as an NRPA trustee as an avocation and devotes a significant commitment of time and personal financial resources. The Nominating/Board Development Committee (NBDC) continues to believe that when a citizen who is interested in and able to serve as a trustee or director, it best serves the association to present that candidate in an unopposed place on the ballot.

The rationale for a dual slate for professionals is that, although professionals seek positions of leadership in NRPA for some of the same reasons as citizens, because NRPA is their national professional association, and therefore related to their vocation, there are additional benefits and reasons for serving. There are many professionals who seek leadership positions in NRPA.

Some NRPA members have expressed concern about maintaining diversity, in the broadest sense, on a 21-member board. It is proposed that each year the NBDC will closely examine the board and seek nominations that will allow the committee to select candidates whose skills and attributes will complement the existing board and contribute to the execution of the strategic plan in addition to being reflective of the NRPA membership. …

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