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Call for Nominations: AAMC President

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Call for Nominations:  AAMC President

The Governance & Nominating Committee calls for nominations for President of the AAMC. This committee can present up to two candidates for the position.  AAMC members will vote for the candidate(s) in November 2011 via electronic ballot.  All AAMC members are invited to make nominations.  Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged. We expect that nominations are made with the prior approval of the candidate and that nominations should include information about the candidate's record of service to the AAMC, qualifications, and address with email along with their acceptance of the nomination. 

The Executive & Nominating Committee makes a particular effort to ensure the creation of a broad pool that speaks to the diversity of the AAMC membership in terms of geography, institution, specialization, gender, cultural background, and other factors. A nominee for President should:

1.    Be a current member of the AAMC;
2.    Show evidence of a strong commitment to the AAMC through current or past service on a committee; the Board of Directors; or other organizational leadership initiatives (i.e., panel participation, host of an AAMC reception, etc.);
3.    Show evidence of leadership and scholarly attainment in the field at large.

Nominations for President should be sent to by October 20, 2010. In addition to a current biography, nominees should submit a statement of interest describing any current or past leadership roles with the AAMC (Board service, committee work, participation at an AAMC Annual Meeting, etc.) as well as answer the following question:

What do you see as the key issues facing the curatorial profession right now and, as AAMC president, what would you like to see the AAMC do to address these issues?

Prospective candidates should be aware that, although the AAMC will support the President with a modest travel allowance, candidates should be prepared to attend key AAMC meetings in person (at least two of the four board meetings held each year in New York) as well as the AAMC Annual Meeting each year.  Past Presidents have found it easier and more effective to run board meetings in-person from the New York office. Full descriptions of the position’s responsibilities are listed below.  On average, the President should be prepared to commit 4-5 hours a week to the organization.  December and May are the most active times of the year and may require additional hours. Terms of office are for two years, however, these terms may be extended another year with approval of the Board of Directors.  It is the intention of the AAMC Board to adhere to a two-year term for the President elected in the May 2011 election. 

Job Descriptions & Responsibilities

•    As President, ensure that the Board of Trustees fulfills its responsibilities for the governance of the organization.
•    Act in partnership with the Executive Director, working together to achieve the mission of the organization.
•    Optimize the relationship between the board and management.


•    Serve as the organizational spokesperson.
•    Chair meetings of the Board and Executive Committee. See that it functions effectively, interacts with management optimally, and fulfills all of its duties.
•    Chair meetings of the Board of Trustees
•    Develop agendas with the Executive Director
•    Recommend the composition of the standing committees with the Executive Director
•    Recommend committee chairs with an eye to future succession of key leadership positions for the organization
•    Assist the Executive Director in recruiting Board and other talent for whatever volunteer assignments are needed
•    Convey any concerns management has in regard to the role of the Board of Trustees or individual trustees. Convey to the Executive Director the concerns of the Board of Trustees and other constituencies
•    Present to the Board an evaluation of the pace, direction, and organizational strength of the organization
•    Prepare a review of the Executive Director and recommend salary for consideration by the appropriate committee
•    Annually focus the Board's attention on matters of institutional governance that relate to its own structure, role, and relationship to management; Be assured that the Board is satisfied it has fulfilled all of its responsibilities
•    Fulfill such other assignments as the President and Executive Director agree are appropriate and desirable for the President to perform.
•    Lead and monitor fundraising initiatives for the organization

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