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Board of Directors


Purpose

The University of Wyoming Alumni Association is governed by a Board of Directors. The Executive Director manages the association’s affairs. The board carries out objectives and purposes specified in UWAA’s bylaws. It provides strategic direction, makes operational recommendations, and holds fiduciary responsibility for the Association. The full board meets twice yearly (fall and spring), with more frequent committee meetings in between. Work is divided among board members according to committee assignment. Serving on the board is a rewarding experience, but one that requires commitment. UWAA board members are volunteers in the truest sense; not only do they give of their time, they pay for all expenses associated with board meetings.


Election

The majority of Board members are elected by the Association’s voting membership to three-year terms with the opportunity to serve a consecutive three-year term. Board seats are primarily assigned according to geographic region, the exceptions being a young alumni board, three at-large positions appointed by the board (effective after October 1, 2018) and emeritus members (effective after October 1, 2018): Board Composition. Election ballots are emailed to members in June. Only paid and active UWAA members have voting rights. 


Committees

There are five standing committees of the board that reflect UWAA’s programs: scholarship; engagement and outreach; communications; revenue development and special projects; and student recruitment and enrichment. The board’s Executive Committee – provide additional guidance and direction for association affairs. The Executive Committee currently includes eight elected vice presidents and UWAA’s past president, president, president elect, secretary and treasurer. The scholarship committee makes recommendations regarding scholarship review and distribution, for both the UWAA and UW License Plate programs. The engagement and outreach committee monitors development of the network/chapter program, engagement programs and is attentive to alumni needs and expectations for programs, and monitors special events and the coordination of these events to maximize engagement. The revenue development and special projects committee monitors membership and all revenue generating activities and offers recommendations for improvement to ensure that the Association has the needed resources to provide alumni programming. In addition, the committee monitors the scholarship donation and auction programs. The communications committee monitors the communication program to ensure consistency of messaging, maintain a balance of print, electronic and social media, and recommend systems capable to improve communication.

The student recruitment and enrichment committee monitors our staff’s efforts to support prospective student recruitment, alumni career services and the Wyo-Gold Student Alumni Association.


THE COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD – through April 2019

According to the Association’s bylaws dated April 22, 2017, the board shall be composed of one (1) voting member from each of the state’s twenty-three counties; one (1) voting member each from the states of Colorado (outside the Denver-Metro area), Montana, Nebraska and Utah; two (2) voting members from the Denver, Colorado Metro Area and one (1) from North or South Dakota; two (2) voting members each from the following areas: Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast and two (2) voting members representing young alumni (The young alumni representatives must be recent graduates of the University of Wyoming and under the age of thirty (30) at the time of their election). 

Board composition map; see paragraph above on page for description

THE COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD – Bylaws as Amended and Restated Effective October 1, 2018

At the fall University of Wyoming Alumni Association board meeting on September 14-15, 2018 in Laramie, the Board of Directors voted to amend the Association’s Bylaws.  On October 1, 2018, our UWAA members approved the amended bylaws by a greater than 2/3 majority of the members who voted. 

Transition:

Existing Board members with terms remaining after 2019 will have the opportunity to serve the remainder of their term on the newly structured BOD so long as such Director is qualified as set forth above, regardless of geographic status.  

During the transition period, (2019-2021) new Board members shall be nominated, elected and installed as provided in the Amended & Restated Bylaws to populate the geographic areas.  Existing Directors who are currently serving in their first three (3)-year term with expiration in April of 2020 qualify to be considered for a new 3-year term pursuant to the Amended and Restated Bylaws setting forth the 19-22 BOD size. Once each existing Director has completed his/her term(s) (by 2021) the BOD shall thereafter be populated under the Amended & Restated Bylaws numbering between 19-22 members representing geographic areas as outlined herein.

The proposed governance structure retains a geographic element for selection as follows: one (1) Director from each of the nine (9) Wyoming Judicial Districts as designated by the State (See Exhibit A) for a total of nine (9) Directors; and six (6) Directors selected from six (6) United States geographic regions (Northeast, Southeast, Far West (formerly named Northwest), Southwest, Colorado and the Neighboring States region, defined as Idaho, Nebraska, Montana, North & South Dakota and Utah. (See Exhibit B).  In addition, the BOD will appoint one (1) Young Alumni at-large director and may appoint up to three (3) additional at-large positions. The at-large directors may be from Wyoming or out of state. The Young Alumni director must be thirty years of age or younger at the time of appointment. However, in no case will the number of out of state directors exceed the number of directors residing in Wyoming. 

Exhibit A – Wyoming Representation - NINE (9) WYOMING JUDICIAL DISTRICTS

Map of judicial districts of Wyoming

EXHIBIT B - Representation outside of Wyoming

Composition of the board map - new

Contact Us

Alumni Association

Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center

222 S. 22nd St.

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307) 766-4166

Fax: (307) 766-6824

Email: uwalumni@uwyo.edu

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