Thank you for your interest in AAPA’s 2021 Elections. The application period has ended. Please check back on April 22 when the General Election, House Officer, Student Academy, and Nominating Work Group candidates will be announced. View the 2021 Elections timeline or click the links below for additional information.

Questions? Contact [email protected].

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 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.
Open Positions, Terms, & Descriptions

Open Positions, Terms, & Descriptions

There are four (4) open BOD/General positions with terms starting July 1, 2021:

  • President-elect: three-year term – one year as president-elect, one year as president, and one year as immediate past president
  • Director-at-Large (3): two-year terms

Position Descriptions 

According to AAPA Board of Directors Manual, Section V:

President-elect. The president-elect is an officer of the Academy 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 president/ chair.
  • Preside at BOD meetings in the absence of both the president/chair and vice president.
  • Fill any 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. Provide consultation to the president in the appointment of AAPA commission, work group, task force members and chairs.
  • Provide consultation to the president in the appointment of the 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 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 the AAPA and the chair of the BOD. They serve as the chief spokesperson and represent all interests of the 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 the AAPA Membership.

The president/chair shall:

  • Serve as chair of the BOD.
  • Preside at all meetings of the BOD.
  • Act as chief spokesperson for the 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.
  • Assign projects, goals, and timetables to any Director in alignment with the strategic plan, absent any objection from a Director. Any Director may object to an assignment. If an objection is raised, the full BOD will decide on the assignment.
  • 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 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), 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 the AAPA and its constituent organizations.
  • Provide a report at the annual HOD meeting and annual membership meeting.
  • Mentor the president-elect.

Immediate Past President. The immediate past president is an officer of the Academy, assuming the position after serving as president. The immediate past president shall:

  • Conduct all duties of the immediate past president as articulated in the AAPA Bylaws.
  • 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. Provide consultation to the president in the appointment of AAPA commission, work group, task force members and chairs.
  • Provide consultation to the president in the appointment of the 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.
    • Internal Affairs Committee or External Affairs Committee.
    • Finance Committee.
    • Executive Compensation Committee.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the president/chair.

Directors.
A Director shall:

  • Prepare for and participate in meetings/calls of the BOD.
  • Serve on any of the following BOD committees:
    • Executive Committee
    • Internal Affairs Committee
    • External Affairs Committee
    • Finance Committee
  • Serve as BOD liaison to a commission or work group (as assigned by the President).
  • Represent the BOD to constituent and external organizations as requested.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the president/chair.
Eligibility and Qualifications

Eligibility and 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 BOD General Election Timeline

2021 BOD General Election Timeline

DATE(s) ACTION(s)
March 5 Candidate applications open
March 31 Deadline for candidate application submission.
April 5-9 Candidate interviews conducted by the Nominating Work Group
April 22 Announcement of the 2021 Board of Directors General Election slate of candidates (NWG endorsed and self-declared)
May 11 Date eligible voters in General Election need to be current Fellows
May 25 Virtual Meet the Candidates Forum for BOD General Election (4:00pm– 5:15pm ET)
May 26 Election voting opens
June 7 Election voting closes
June 8 Election results announced
July 1 2021-22 AAPA leadership year begins
BOD Meetings Schedule

BOD Meetings Schedule

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

MEETING DATE LOCATION
Orientation & BOD Meeting TBD Virtual
BOD Meeting July 13, 2021; 6:30pm ET Virtual
BOD Meeting July 28, 2021; 9:00am ET Virtual
BOD Meeting August 10, 2021; 6:30pm ET Virtual
BOD Meeting August 18, 2021; 9:00am ET Virtual
BOD Meeting September 15, 2021; 9:00am ET Virtual
BOD Meeting September 28, 2021; 6:30pm ET Virtual
BOD Meeting October 6, 2021; 9:00am ET Virtual
BOD Meeting October 19, 2021; 6:30pm ET Virtual
BOD Meeting November 2, 2021; 6:30pm ET Virtual
BOD Meeting November 17, 2021; 9:00am ET Virtual
BOD Meeting December 1, 2021; 9:00am ET Virtual
BOD Meeting December 11, 2021; 9:00am –
2:00pm ET
Virtual
BOD Meeting January 2022 TBD Virtual
BOD Meeting February 2022 TBD Virtual
BOD Meeting March 2022 TBD TBD
BOD Meeting April 2022 TBD Virtual
BOD Meeting May 19, 2022 AAPA 2022
Indianapolis, IN
BOD Meeting June 2022 TBD Virtual

Board members are also expected to participate in Board and committee conference calls (dates TBD) throughout the leadership year.

Who is Eligible to Vote?

Who is Eligible to Vote?

Fellows with current membership as of May 11 will be eligible to vote in the BOD General Election. Those fellows with an email address on file with AAPA will receive a link to their ballot and related information.