BOD Candidate Applications Now Open

We need more PAs willing to lead AAPA by serving on the Board of Directors. Healthcare is changing rapidly, and it’s essential that PAs remain on the forefront of change, for patients and the profession. We encourage you to consider volunteering your experience, expertise and time.

There are four open positions for the 2018-2019 term: president-elect, secretary-treasurer, and two director-at-large seats.

Carefully review the process and deadline information provided below.  If you have questions, please contact Tom Shoemaker (

View the 2018 BOD General Election Procedures & Information


What is the AAPA Board of Directors?

The 14-member Board of Directors is AAPA’s governing body, delegated fiduciary responsibility by the Articles of Incorporation for the management of the organization.  The duties of the Directors include:

  • Duty of Care: State law requires a Director to discharge his or her duties with the care an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would exercise under similar circumstances. This duty of care requires that Directors of a nonprofit organization become reasonably informed about the organization’s activities, participate in decisions, and do so in good faith and with the care that an ordinarily prudent person would exercise in similar circumstances. It requires, among other things, that Directors demonstrate a strong interest in an understanding of AAPA’s mission, goals and business within the context in which AAPA operates; have experience or knowledge with respect to at least one area of Board responsibility, such as strategic planning, financial management, technology, fundraising and development, public relations or human resources; attend meetings of the BOD and appropriate committees; prepare in advance for BOD meetings by reviewing materials prior to a meeting, obtain information before voting to support good decision making and use independent judgment in decision making; regularly review the organization’s finances, be sensitive to indications of potential problems or concerns and make further inquiry until reasonably satisfied that management is dealing with those concerns appropriately and comply with legal filing requirements.
  • Duty of Loyalty: State law also requires a Director to act in a manner the Director reasonably believes to be in the best interests of the corporation. The duty of loyalty requires BOD members to act in the interest of the organization and not in their own interest or the interest of any other entity, particularly one with which they have a formal relationship. When acting on behalf of the organization, Board members must put the interests of the organization before their personal or professional interests. This requires, among other things, that Directors disclose any conflicts of interest, avoid the use of organizational opportunities for individual personal gain or benefit, and not disclose confidential information about the organization.
  • Duty of Obedience: The duty of obedience requires that Directors comply with applicable federal, state and local laws, adhere to the organization’s Bylaws and remain the guardians of the mission.  The duty of obedience is carried out by ensuring compliance with all regulatory and reporting requirements, such as filing the annual IRS information return and paying employment taxes, and making decisions that fall within the scope of the organization’s mission and governing documents.


Election Schedule


January 22 Candidate application available on website
February 23 Deadline for candidate application submission
March 1 – 9 Candidate interviews conducted by the Nominating Work Group
March 16 Slate of candidates (endorsed and self-declared) announced
March 16 – April 16 Campaign period
March 22 All eligible voters must be current AAPA fellows by this date
April 6 Election voting opens at 6 a.m. EDT
April 16 Election voting closes at 5 p.m. EDT
April 16 – 17 Election results announced
July 1 2018-19 AAPA BOD term begins


Officer Position Descriptions

AAPA Board of Directors Manual, Section V

President-elect: The President-elect succeeds to the office of president at the expiration of the president’s term, or earlier, should that office become vacant for any reason.  The president-elect shall:

  1. Prepare to assume the office of the BOD president/chair.
  2. Preside at BOD meetings in the absence of both the president/chair and vice president.
  3. Fill any BOD president vacancy that occurs for the remainder of that term and for his/her expected term as president.
  4. Assist the president in the execution of his or her duties.
  5. Provide consultation to the president in the appointment of BOD committee, work group or task force members and chairs.
  6. Provide consultation to the president in the appointment of AAPA commission, work group, task force members and chairs.
  7. Provide consultation to the president in the appointment of the Graduate Advisor to the SAAAPA Board of Directors and the BOD Representatives to the Nominating Work Group.
  8. Serve on the following BOD committees:
    1. Executive Committee
    2. Finance Committee
    3. Internal Affairs Committee or External Affairs Committee
    4. Executive Compensation Committee
  9. Provide a report at the annual meeting on the plans and recommendations for the year when he or she assumes office of president.
  10. Perform other duties as requested by the president/chair.


Secretary-Treasurer.  The secretary-treasurer ensures that actions of the BOD are documented and is responsible for overseeing accurate accounts of the Academy’s properties and funds, including cash, outstanding advances, investments, accounts receivable and other assets, accounts payable, and fund balances [net assets]. The secretary-treasurer shall ensure that:

  1. Minutes and other documentation of all BOD meetings are written and maintained.
  2. The BOD Manual is maintained.
  3. Resolutions of the BOD are submitted to the HOD for consideration, as appropriate.
  4. The corporate seal is affixed on documents as required by law or statutes.
  5. An annual AAPA budget is prepared and considered by the BOD.
  6. Accurate books and records on AAPA’s financial condition are maintained.
  7. AAPA assets are protected and invested according to corporate policy.
  8. AAPA complies with corporate and statutory reporting requirements.
  9. Comprehensive financial reports to the BOD are prepared in a timely and accurate manner.
  10. Complete records of the organization are available to the individual or individuals preparing the annual financial statements.

In addition, the secretary-treasurer shall:

  1. Give a full report of AAPA’s financial status at the annual HOD meeting and annual membership meeting.
  2. Perform all responsibilities incident to the office of the secretary-treasurer or as prescribed by the BOD.
  3. Serve on the following BOD committees:
    1. Executive Committee
    2. Finance Committee (Chair)
    3. Audit Committee
    4. Executive Compensation Committee
    5. Internal Affairs Committee or External Affairs Committee
  4. Serve as a participant in the AAPA Continuity of Operations Program (a risk management plan) that includes emergency response, business continuation, and disaster recovery.
Open Positions & Terms
  • President-elect: three-year term – one term as president-elect, one term as president/chair of the board, and one term as immediate past president
  • Secretary-Treasurer: two-year term
  • Director-at-large: two-year term
Eligibility & Qualifications of Candidates

AAPA Bylaws, Article XIII, Section 3

  1. A candidate must be a fellow of AAPA.
  2. A candidate must be a member of an AAPA Chapter.
  3. A candidate must have been an AAPA fellow and/or student member for the last three years.
  4. A candidate must have accumulated at least three distinct years of experience in the past five years in at least two of the following major areas of professional involvement. This experience requirement will be waived for currently sitting AAPA Board members who choose to run for a subsequent term of office.
    1. An AAPA or constituent organization officer, board member, committee, council, commission, work group, task force chair.
    2. A delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates or a representative to the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Assembly of Representatives.
    3. A board member, trustee, or committee chair of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, PA Foundation, Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History, American Academy of Physician Assistants Political Action Committee, Physician Assistant Education Association or National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
    4. AAPA Board appointee.
Scheduled BOD Meetings

For planning purposes, candidates should be available for the following meetings:

AAPA Conference BOD Meeting May 18, 2018 New Orleans, LA
BOD Orientation & Summer Meeting July 20-22, 2018 Alexandria, VA
Fall BOD Meeting Second Quarter – specific date TBD Alexandria, VA
Winter BOD Meeting Third Quarter – specific date TBD Alexandria, VA
AAPA Conference BOD Meeting May 17, 2019 Denver, CO


For more information on the election or the application process, please contact Tom Shoemaker at