5 Tips for Implementing a Governance Change

chalkboard arrows January 4, 2016 By: Gretchen Couraud, CAE

A governance change can streamline an association's processes and make it more agile. But it requires close engagement with members and volunteers at every step. The CEO of one association that made it happen shares her experience.

In 2015 the National Association of College and University Food Services completed a governance reorganization. NACUFS transformed its governance model from a constituent-representative model with two governing layers (a national board of directors with regional and national conference representatives, and regional councils with elected officers) to a strategic governing board of trustees, selected based upon competencies, elected by slate. The regional councils were maintained but now report directly to the board of trustees. Membership voted overwhelmingly in support of the bylaws revision following a two-year process which focused on engaging members in dialogue....