Executive Committees: A Source of Board Strength

By: Stephen C. Carey, CAE

Many associations have been trimming their boards down in the name of flexibility. But how small is too small? Instead of thinking just about numbers, think about how to better use executive committees.

Much has been written in recent years about board size and its effect on association governance. Most recently, Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers, CAE, made a well-reasoned suggestion in their book Race for Relevance that a board size of five is a good governance alternative. For the sake of its future viability and relevance, they argue, an association should develop a strategy to make this happen among its leadership, regardless of the turmoil or political fallout it might create. ...