AACTE Board of Directors Meets, Elects New Officers

The AACTE Board of Directors met February 28 immediately prior to the Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. The meeting agenda, led by outgoing Chair Fayneese Miller (University of Vermont), ranged from Innovation Exchange projects and state chapter relations to the awards program and various governance issues, including election of a new Executive Committee.

Effective March 1, the new Executive Committee of the Board includes Chair Julie Underwood (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Past Chair Fayneese Miller, and Secretary Tim Wall (Northwest Missouri State University) along with the newly elected Chair-Elect Mark Ginsberg (George Mason University) and at-large representatives Jane Bray (Old Dominion University, with a 2-year term) and Dwight Watson (University of Northern Iowa, with a 1-year term).

During the Board meeting, President/CEO Sharon P. Robinson provided a positive update on the operations of the organization, highlighting the Innovation Exchange, growth in membership, successful advocacy for funding of the Teacher Quality Partnership grants, and the addition of five new staff members in the past year.

The Board directed staff to work with the Advisory Council of State Representatives on the best way to support state chapters in light of new IRS requirements. Members also asked that the Resolutions of the Membership be reviewed by the Committee on Governance and Elections to determine whether they should be continued in their current form and whether the organization could use the resolutions in a more relevant manner.

On the awards front, the Board decided to split the AACTE Best Practice Award for Global Diversity into two awards beginning with the 2014-2015 cycle: the AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity and the AACTE Best Practice Award for Global and International Perspectives. This change will enable AACTE to return to separately recognizing achievements in diversity and globalization, instead of combining the two under one award.

Finally, the Board spent some time in discussion around best governance practices. Various changes are planned around areas such as meeting structure and training sessions to optimize the Board’s service to the organization.

The Board’s next meeting will be September 11-12 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Lucy Berrier

Board Liaison and Special Projects Coordinator, AACTE