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.
Fall 2023 - September 7th&8th
Spring 2024 - TBA
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.
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 nine director positions: president, treasurer, secretary, vice
president, and three at-large positions. 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
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.
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
District No. 1 = Laramie County; District No. 2 = Carbon & Albany Counties; District No. 3 = Lincoln, Uinta, & Sweetwater Counties; District No. 4 = Sheridan & Johnson Counties; District No. 5 = Park, Big Horn, Hot Springs, & Washakie Counties; District No. 6 = Campbell, Crook, & Weston Counties; District No. 7 = Natrona County; District No. 8 = Converse, Niobrara, Platte, & Goshen Counties; District No. 9 = Teton, Sublette, & Fremont Counties
EXHIBIT B - Representation outside of Wyoming
Far West Region = Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Hawaii, & Alaska; Southwest Region = Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, & Kansas; Northeast Region = Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West
Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts,
Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine; Southeast Region = Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,
Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia; Neighboring States Region = Idaho, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska; Colorado as it’s own region; Wyoming as it’s own region