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Prospective candidates should carefully review the Procedures and Guidelines for Candidates and deadline information provided below. Complete candidate applications are due September 27, 2021.

 

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Open Position, Term & Descriptions

Open Position, Term & Descriptions

There is one (1) open position in the special election.

  • President-elect vacancy: one year serving the remainder of the unexpired term (ending June 30, 2022) followed by a full three-year term – one year as president-elect (2022-2023), one year as president (2023-2024), and one year as immediate past president (2024-2025).

Position Descriptions (according to AAPA Board of Directors Manual, Section V) 

President-elect. The president-elect is an officer of AAPA and 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:

  • Conduct all duties of the president-elect articulated in the AAPA Bylaws.
  • Prepare to assume the office of the BOD president/ chair.
  • Preside at BOD meetings in the absence of both the president/chair and vice president.
  • Fill any BOD president vacancy that occurs for the remainder of that term and for their expected term as president.
  • Assist the president in the execution of the president’s duties.
  • Provide consultation to the president in the appointment of BOD committee, work group or task force members and chairs and AAPA commission, work group, task force members and chairs.
  • Provide consultation to the president in the appointment of the AAPA Graduate Advisor to the AAPA Student Academy Board of Directors and the BOD Representatives to the Nominating Work Group (in the event the outgoing immediate past president refuses or resigns the position).
  • Serve on the following BOD committees:
    • Executive Committee.
    • Finance Committee.
    • Internal Affairs Committee or External Affairs Committee.
    • Executive Compensation Committee.
  • Provide a report at the annual HOD meeting on the plans and recommendations for the year in which they assume the office of president.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the president/chair.

 President/Chair. The president is the elected volunteer leader of AAPA and is designated chair of the BOD. They serve as the primary spokesperson for AAPA. In concert with the other officers of the BOD, the president/chair oversees the implementation of corporate policies and bylaws. The president/chair reports to AAPA Membership.

The president/chair shall:

  • Serve as chair of the BOD.
  • Preside at all meetings of the BOD.
  • Act as primary spokesperson for AAPA to its members, the public, Congress, and the media on issues related to the PA profession.
  • Represent or delegate BOD representation to constituent and external organizations.
  • Develop BOD meeting agendas in consultation with the CEO and Senior Vice President for Governance to assure the coordination and efficient conduct of the work of the BOD.
  • Work with directors and officers to identify and assign specific projects and tasks that further the work of the BOD.
  • Appoint BOD committee, BOD work group, and BOD task force chairs and members, after consultation with the vice president, president-elect and immediate past president, and, in the case of the BOD’s Audit and Finance Committee, the Secretary-Treasurer.
  • Appoint AAPA commission, work group, task force chairs and members, after consultation with the vice president, president-elect and immediate past president.
  • Appoint the AAPA BOD Graduate Advisor to the Student Academy Board of Directors and the BOD Representatives to the Nominating Work Group (in the event the outgoing immediate past president declines or resigns the position), after consultation with the vice president, president-elect and immediate past president.
  • Serve on the following BOD committees:
    • Executive Committee (chair).
    • Finance Committee.
    • Internal Affairs Committee or External Affairs Committee.
    • Executive Compensation Committee.
  • At their discretion, attend/observe any BOD committee, BOD work group, BOD task force or AAPA commission, work group, or task force meeting or conference call conducted.
  • Communicate regularly with the BOD.
  • Keep abreast of changes within AAPA and its constituent organizations.
  • Provide a report at the annual HOD meeting and annual membership meeting.
  • Mentor the president-elect.
Eligibility & Qualifications

Eligibility & Qualifications

In accordance with AAPA Bylaws, Article XIII, Section 3, candidates for board director and officer positions must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  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.
2021 Special Election Timeline

2021 Special Election Timeline

DATE(s) ACTION(s)
September 7 Seated members of the BOD planning to run for president-elect must notify the senior vice president of Governance of their intent to resign.
September 13 Candidate applications open.
September 27 Deadline to file candidate applications and submit all supporting documents/materials.
September 29 – October 6 Nominating Work Group (NWG) interviews with candidates.
October 6 – 8 NWG meets to determine slate of candidates (date TBD).
October 12
  • Launch of candidate webpages.
  • Email to all members announcing all Special Election candidates.
October 14 Date eligible voters in the Special Election must be current AAPA fellow members.
October 29 Voting opens at 9 a.m. ET.
November 8
  • Voting closes at 5 p.m. ET.
  • Candidates notified by Governance Commission chair.
November 9 Special Election results announced.

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What is the Board of Directors?

What is the Board of Directors?

The AAPA Board of Directors is AAPA’s governing body responsible for the management of the organization’s property, business, and financial affairs. According to the AAPA Bylaws (Article VII. Section 1 Board Duties and Responsibilities), the Board’s responsibilities include:

  1. To grant charters to chapters, recognize specialty organizations, establish affiliation with caucuses and special interest groups, and establish Academy commissions or work groups as may be in the best interests of the Academy, taking into consideration any recommendations of the House of Delegates thereon.
  2. To appoint or remove the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) pursuant to the affirmative vote of a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Directors.
  3. To direct the activities of the Academy’s national office through the CEO.
  4. To provide for the management of the affairs of the Academy in such a manner as may be necessary or advisable.
  5. To establish committees necessary for the performance of its duties.
  6. To establish, regularly review, and update the Academy’s management plan to attain the goals of the Academy.
  7. To call special meetings of the House of Delegates as provided under Article VI, Section 4.
  8. To report the activities of the Board of Directors for the preceding year to the House of Delegates and members at the Academy’s annual meeting.
  9. To establish the amount and timing of Academy membership dues and assessments.
  10. To review and determine, on no less than an annual basis, how to implement those policies enacted by the House of Delegates on behalf of the Academy that establish the collective values, philosophies, and principles of the PA profession. If it determines that implementation of one or more such policies will require an inadvisable expenditure of Academy resources, or is otherwise not presently prudent or feasible, the Board shall, at its earliest convenience, report to the House the reasons for its decision.

Individual directors and officers of the Board act as fiduciaries of the organization and are obligated to act in the best interests of AAPA when acting in their fiduciary capacity. The primary fiduciary duties include:

  • Duty of Care: State law requires that directors and officers 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 and officers demonstrate a strong interest in and understanding of AAPA’s mission, goals and business within the context in which AAPA operates; attend meetings of the BOD and appropriate committees; prepare in for BOD meetings by reviewing provided materials; 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 inquire until reasonably satisfied that management is dealing with those concerns appropriately and complying with legal filing requirements.
  • Duty of Loyalty: The duty of loyalty requires board members to act in the interests of the organization and not in their own personal or professional interest or the interest of any other entity, particularly one with which they have a formal relationship. 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 board members comply with applicable federal, state and local laws, adhere to the organization’s Bylaws and policies 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.
BOD Meetings

BOD Meetings

Board members are expected to participate in Board and committee conference calls throughout the leadership year. Please visit the Board of Directors Meetings and Records page (linked here) to see the current BOD meeting schedule for the 2021-22 leadership year.

Nominating Work Group Endorsement

Nominating Work Group Endorsement

As a work group of the Governance Commission, the Nominating Work Group (NWG) is tasked with developing a list of competencies and skill sets that support a high-performing and diverse Board of Directors. The NWG endorsement process includes a review of the candidate’s application materials and a live interview. Ultimately, the NWG will endorse a slate of candidates they believe best reflect the current needs of the Board of Directors and AAPA based on the identified competencies and skill sets. An NWG endorsement is indicated on both the candidate webpages and the election ballot. All candidates for this position have the option of seeking an NWG endorsement or running as a self-declared candidate.

Who is eligible to vote?

Who is eligible to vote?

In accordance with the AAPA Bylaws, Article XIII, Section 5 eligible voters for president-elect in AAPA’s 2021 Special Election are fellow members, who must be current members in good standing as of October 14, 2021.