Candidate review committee established, resignations policy revised

Published on December 15, 2007
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The Executive Board acted on a number of recommendations put forward by the Council Selection Task Force.

The task force was established in November 2006 to explore means to modify the current process for choosing members of the Council on Education to ensure selection of the best candidates.

The board received as information a report from the task force and approved a handful of recommendations.

On one recommendation, the board approved establishment of a COE Candidate Qualifications Review Committee, subject to input and agreement from the House Advisory Committee. The committee will sunset in three years contingent on an in-depth performance evaluation. Previously, the HAC had reviewed the recommendation to the board and submitted a memorandum supporting the committee.

In the recommendation's background, the task force noted that the committee will review the qualifications of candidates for the COE prior to the House of Delegates' July annual session, allowing the delegates to vote confidently and to elect individuals who have a good understanding of what will be required of them, if elected. The committee will cost $5,000 per year on the basis of one, two-day meeting.

Members on the committee will include one of the current or past public members of the COE and one representative each from the Executive Board, HOD, COE, and Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Next, the board agreed to request that the HAC revise the Manual of the House of Delegates to accommodate a nominations deadline of Feb. 1 for COE candidates, allowing the committee more time to review the candidates. The board also agreed to request that the manual be revised to reflect the alternative process for qualifying candidates for positions on the COE using the review committee.

Also, the board agreed to request that the HAC give consideration to revising the manual to allow COE members to be elected to fill vacancies by the HOD during the winter session, as necessary. Currently, all COE candidates are voted on at the July meeting.

In another recommendation, the board approved changes to the policy on resignations of AVMA council, committee, and trust members. The task force reviewed the policy with consultation from AVMA legal counsel and determined that the changes would clarify the policy.

The policy now grants the Executive Board the "authority and prerogative to take any action it determines to be appropriate, including removal of the member(s) from the entity. Any action taken by the Executive Board shall be final, without further appeal."

Consistent with AVMA policy, the board removed a member from the Council on Education for cause.