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Methods of selecting Council or Assembly members/leaders

Groups (classes, clubs, officer associations) elect or select Council reps. Council nominates and elects at-large members. No petition process. Council leaders voted in by Council. Association leaders elected in in-person vote, with petitions allowed.

Conduct of business

Association, which meets once a year for reports on trustee balloting and general information, created the Council in 1913 to be the representative body for alumni.

Council meets regularly with trustees and College officials, holds issues forums to inform Councilors and aid communication and passes resolutions. Petitioners may bring business before Council with 25 signatures.

Alumni trustee nominating process

Council selects slate of 3 nominees. Petitioners must gather 500 signatures to add name to ballot. Campaigning forbidden, but petitioners may do what it takes to get signatures. Association members vote by mail or online.

Alumni trustee balloting formula

Vote for any and all candidates (1, 2, 3 or more) thought to be qualified. Person with more votes overall is deemed alumni choice.

Constitutional amendment process

Amendments may arise by recommendation of the executive committee or by petition of 1% of Association members. Association members vote by mail or online on proposed changes to its constitution, with 2/3 vote of those voting required for passage. Council members vote in person on proposed changes to its constitution with 2/3 vote of those voting required for passage.

Membership Continued

  • Nominating and Balloting Committees have 12 and 7 members, respectively, half elected by all alumni and half by assembly (other than ex officio members).

Groups urged to elect reps. Nominating Committee nominates at-large members, who are on ballot with petitioners for vote by all alumni. Association leaders, who serve 4 years in leadership arc that includes assembly leadership, are elected by all alumni.

Association holds forum once a year to give all alumni opportunity to speak before assembly and ALB, which is charged to improve and increase communications with Board of Trustees and administration. Trustees invited to attend.

ALB meets regularly with trustees and College officials, holds town meetings, issues question- naires, etc., to gather information from alumni.

Assembly may pass resolutions.

Petitioners have 30 days to get 250 signatures. Nominating Committee then selects slate of 1 or 2 nominees per each vacancy on the board. Campaigning allowed. Association members vote by mail or online.

Vote for 1 candidate in 2-person race. Person with more votes wins. With more than 2 candidates, current approval method of voting applies, with alumni voting for any and all they deemed qualified.

Amendments may arise by petition, Constitution Review Committee or in assembly. Amendments may be passed by majority of those voting in assembly and a 2/3rds vote of association members voting. If an amendment does not receive a majority vote in the assembly, its proponents can submit a petition signed by 3% of association membership to put issue on an alumni-wide ballot. It would be enacted with approval by 2/3rds of association members voting.


At-large (21): 7 reps a year elected by Council. No petition process provided.

Ex officio (10 or 11): (nonvoting) 4 students, 1 faculty member; (voting) Council president; president-elect; chairs of 4 committees: Alumni Awards, Young Alumni Awards, Nominating, College Relations Group

At-large members (21): 7 elected a year by all alumni. Petitioners need 50 signatures to join slate.

Ex officio (9): (nonvoting) 4 students and



faculty member;

(voting) Association

president, president-elect, vice president and immediate past president.

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