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Board of Governors Guidelines

​A. General Purpose

The Board of Governors mission is to manage the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) recognition program and to govern the program's quality and standards in accordance with CAI’s Policy Governance Model.

B. Objectives:

1. Identify and meet the needs of CCAL fellows.

2. Recommend educational and informational programs to assist in the development of CCAL and its fellows.

3. Develop future goals of CCAL.

4. Determine membership eligibility guidelines for approval by the CAI Board of Trustees.

5. Review and approve (or deny) membership applications based on approved eligibility guidelines.

6. Ensure the maintenance of standards and quality within CCAL.

7. Develop content for and host CAI’s Community Association Law Seminar.

8. Otherwise manage the affairs of CCAL consistent with CAI’s Policy Governance Model.

C. Structure and Relationship

1. Composition. The Board of Governors of CCAL is composed of the President, Immediate Past President and five (5) members elected by the CCAL membership. The five (5) fellows will be elected by College fellows.

2. Terms. Each Governor shall take office on the Term Commencement Date defined by the CAI Board of Trustees, currently the first day of January, following such fellow's election and shall serve for a term of two (2) years or until a successor has been appointed – unless such fellow is filling a one-year term due to a vacancy or need to re-align staggered terms. Board of Governors’ terms shall be staggered so that the terms of not more than three Governors, excluding the President and Immediate Past President, expire each year. No individual shall serve more than six (6) consecutive years on the Board of Governors, with the exception of an individual who is completing his service as President or Immediate Past President. No individual may be elected to serve on the Board of Governors if service by such individual as a Governor for a two (2) year term would violate the limitation in the immediately preceding sentence. An individual who has served more than one-half of a full term shall be deemed to have served a full term. In the event an individual serves less than a full year on the Board of Governors, it shall be considered one full year of service.

3. Officers. The Board is led by a President elected by the Board of Governors from among the Governors for a term of one (1) year. He or she serves as the chief volunteer officer, oversees the work of the Board to ensure its purposes are achieved, determines a Board agenda for throughout the year, assigns specific responsibilities to be carried out by Board fellows and Committees of the Board, recommend committee chairpersons for approval by the Board of Governors, and presides over all meetings of CCAL and of the Governors. Upon completion of his term, the outgoing President shall serve on the Board as the Immediate Past President for a term of one (1) year. The Immediate Past President shall serve in an advisory capacity, participate in all activities/functions of the Board and have full voting rights in Board matters.

The Board of Governors shall elect a board fellows to serve as President-Elect. The President-Elect shall work with the President and perform the duties of the President in his absence. The President-Elect shall serve for one (1) year and directly following the conclusion of that service shall serve as President for one (1) year, regardless of term limits. The President-Elect must have served for at least one (1) year as a Governor immediately prior to taking office, but no more than five (5) years cumulative when taking office.

4. Vacancies. Vacancies created by the election of a Governor as President, resignation, or otherwise, shall be filled by the fellows of CCAL via its annual election, and each Governor so elected shall hold office for the unexpired term of his or her predecessor. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the President-Elect shall act as President for the remainder of the unexpired term of office of his predecessor in such office and shall succeed to such office upon the expiration of such term. In the event the President-Elect cannot or will not agree to serve the unexpired term of his predecessor in office, the Board of Governors shall elect from its members a person to serve as President for the unexpired term. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President-Elect, the Board of Governors shall elect from its members a person to serve as President-Elect.

5. Relationship to Staff. The Board of Governors will coordinate its activity through the CAI Vice President of Government and Public Affairs who shall act as the CAI staff liaison to CCAL providing administrative support as follows: scheduling meetings of CCAL, the Board and its Committees; drafting minutes of meetings; responding to requests and inquiries from CCAL and Board fellows; and performing such other assignments as may be requested from time-to-time by the Board and/or the President.

6. Relationship to CAI Board of Trustees. The Board of Governors qualifies as a special committee of the CAI Board of Trustees as set forth in the CAI Bylaws. The Board of Governors carries out specific tasks and strategies assigned by the CAI Chief Executive Officer, CAI President and/or Board of Trustees.

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