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Step Up as a Potential National Officer Candidate

The Nominating Committee will convene during the upcoming annual meeting in Phoenix to prepare the 2013 national officer slate. To that end, the committee requests your help now in identifying potential candidates for the following offices:

  • 2014 President-Elect
  • 2014-2015 Vice President, Communications
  • 2014-2015 Vice President, Education
  • 2014-2015 Vice President, Government Affairs.

Your participation in the process is extremely important and very much appreciated because it is the only way to bring forward those individuals who might otherwise not be recognized as potential national leaders. Please review the information below on eligibility and officer roles/responsibilities and forward your suggestions to by Friday, August 17, 2012. Putting your own hat in the ring is perfectly fine as well.

Candidates for president-elect must be Full Members of the Society and must have completed at least one full term as a chapter trustee or national vice president prior to installation as president-elect. Candidates for vice president must be Full Members.

Roles and Responsibilities
Executive Committee: The Executive Committee (ExCom) serves as the administrative committee of the Board of Trustees (Board), implements policy, and acts for the Board between meetings of the Board; serves as the strategic planning committee of the Board of Trustees; reviews/recommends to the Board annual operating plans and budgets; selects the executive vice president/CEO and annually reviews the incumbent’s performance; approves an annual slate of national officer candidates; and sets the time and place of annual meetings of the Society. The Executive Committee meets quarterly, twice in conjunction with meetings of the Board of Trustees (at midyear and just prior to the ASLA annual meeting) and twice on its own, and holds monthly conference calls.

President: The president represents the Society and serves as its chief spokesperson, consistent with Board-established policies; presides at annual meetings of the Society; sets the time and place, sets agendas, and presides at meetings of the ExCom and Board; monitors implementation and helps coordinate updating of the Society’s strategic objectives; appoints committee chairs and members and ASLA delegates/representatives in consultation with the ExCom and staff; and works closely with the EVP/CEO to monitor/oversee the management and administration of the Society as directed by the Board.

Vice Presidents: The vice presidents participate in the meetings and deliberations of the Board and ExCom and assist the president within defined issue areas: monitoring the management and administration of the Society as directed by the Board; monitoring implementation and periodic updating of the Society’s strategic objectives; facilitating Board discussion groups as needed; acting as ExCom liaisons to relevant committees; and representing and acting as spokespersons for the Society as needed and consistent with Board-established policies.

Committees, Councils, and Affiliations
The president serves as chair of the Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee; a member of the Council of Fellows Executive Committee; ExCom liaison to the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, the Ethics Committee, the IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects) delegate, the RNRF (Renewable Natural Resources Foundation) representatives, and the Tellers Committee; and as ASLA representative to the Presidents Council, which includes ASLA, CSLA (Canadian Society of Landscape Architects), CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture), CLARB (Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards), LAAB (Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board), and LAF (Landscape Architecture Foundation).

The president-elect serves as chair of the Nominating Committee.

The immediate past president serves as chair of the ASLA Fund, a member of the Nominating Committee, as ExCom liaison to the Honors and Awards Advisory Committee, and as a non-voting member of the Executive Committee and Board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

The vice president for communications serves as ExCom liaison to the LAM (Landscape Architecture Magazine) Editorial Advisory Committee and the Public Relations and Communications Advisory Committee.

The vice president for education serves as ExCom liaison to the Committee on Education and as ExCom liaison to the LAAB representative, LA CES (Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System) representatives, and the NAED (National Academy of Environmental Design) representative.

The vice president for government affairs serves as ExCom liaison to the Government Affairs Advisory Committee, the Licensure Committee, the Licensure LARE Prep Subcommittee, and the Policy Committee.

For additional information, see the following areas of the Leadership Handbook: ASLA Bylaws, Article 8; Councils, Committees, and Affiliations; Annual Operating Plan; and Policies.

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