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Proposed Changes to the Association’s Governance Model

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2016 Tau Beta Pi Convention
ConstitutionAmendment forChapterRatification
Overview
The Executive Council proposedan amendmentto the Constitutionto addresses items overlooked during the restructuring approved atthe 2015 Convention.The2016 Committeeon Constitution and Bylaws reviewed the proposal, made changes, and presented the revised proposal to the delegates.After debate and amendment, the delegates atthe 2016 Conventionapproved the changes by a vote of 256 in favor and 2 against.The changes must be reviewed and voted on by the chapters. Passage requires an affirmative vote of3/4of the active chapters.
Executive Council Restructure
The amendment approved at Convention:Grants the power to set the size of the Executive Council to the Convention.Removes references to election by groups since members of the Executive Council are now elected individually.Updates the election procedure to handle individual election of Executive Council members instead of election by group.Clarifies that Executive Councillors must wait a year between serving, instead of be elected to, more than two consecutive terms on the Executive Council.Changes alumnus to alumni.Makes other minor wording changes.
Proposed Change – Article III, Section 2
Proposed Wording
Sec. 3:(e)The Convention shall set the size of the Executive Council.(f)The Convention shall elect the members of the Executive Council as hereinafter provided and fill vacancies for the remainder of the terms of office vacated.SeeConst. Art. III, Sec. 3 (g) andConst. Art. III, Sec.6.All subsequent clauses shall be renumbered as required.
Current Wording
Sec. 3:(e)The Convention shall elect the members of the ExecutiveCouncil as hereinafter provided and fill vacancies for the remainder of the terms of office vacated. See Const. Art. III, Sec. 6.
Proposed Change – Article III, Section 3
Proposed Wording
Sec. 3: (a) The Executive Council shall consist of no more than twelve votingmemberswho are alumniandno fewer than the minimum in accordance with state law. They shall serve without compensation for staggered terms of three years, or until their successors are chosen and qualified. The members of the Council shall be elected by the Convention. Members are limited to two consecutive three‐year terms with at least one year off before being eligible totake office again. The Executive Director shall serve as a non‐voting member of the Executive Council.
Current Wording
Sec. 3: (a) The Executive Council shall consist of no more than twelve votingalumnusmembers and no fewer than the minimum in accordance with state law. They shall serve without compensation for staggered terms of three years, or until their successors are chosen and qualified. The members of the Council shall be elected by the Convention. Members are limited to two consecutive three‐year terms with at least one year off before being eligible tobe elected again. The Executive Director shall serve as a non‐voting member of the Executive Council.
Proposed Change – Article III, Section 3
Proposed Wording
Sec. 3: (b) Any chapter, collegiate or alumni, may nominate one or morememberswho are alumnitoserve on the Executive Council. Such nomination shall be made to the Executive Council before April 1 preceding the Convention at which the election is to be held. Elections shall be held every year.Sec. 3: (f) The Convention shall vote only on thenominated individuals, except that ifthe number of nominees is less than the number of vacancies, anydelegate to theConvention may nominateeligiblememberswho are alumnitoserve on the Executive Council, provided thedelegateis certain that the nominees are willing to serve if elected.
Current Wording
Sec. 3: (b) Any chapter, collegiate or alumni, may nominate one or morealumnusmembers to serve on the Executive Council. Such nomination shall be made to the Executive Council before April 1 preceding the Convention at which the election is to be held. Elections shall be held every year.Sec. 3: (f) The Convention shall vote only on thepublished groups, except that ifonly one group has been nominated, anymember of theConvention may nominategroup of alumnusmembers to serve on the Executive Council, provided thememberis certain that the nominees are willing to serve if elected.
Proposed Change – Article III, Section 3
Proposed Wording
Sec. 3: (g)Each vacant seat onthe Executive Councilshall be filled in turnby the favorable vote of a majority of the qualified voters registered at the Convention.All nominees who have not been elected to a seat on the Executive Council shall be candidates for the seat under consideration. Voting shall be repeated until the seat is filled. If a candidate receives a majority or if only one candidate remains, that candidate shall be elected to the seat. If no candidate receives a majority, the candidatereceiving thefewest votes shallbe dropped from further considerationfor the seat in question. The numerical results of each ballot will be made known to the Convention before any subsequent ballots are cast.
Current Wording
Sec. 3: (g)A group of candidates forthe Executive Councilmust be electedby the favorable vote of a majority of the qualified voters registered at the Convention.A vote by the Convention will cause the nominated groupreceiving theleast number of ballots tobe dropped from further considerationuntil a group receives a majority vote. The numerical results of each ballot will be made known to the Convention before any subsequent ballots are cast.
Concluding Remarks
These changes were reviewed and supported by:2016 Tau Beta Pi ConventionCommittee on Constitution and BylawsExecutive CouncilExecutive DirectorContact tbp@tbp.org if you have any questions.

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Proposed Changes to the Association’s Governance Model