Treasurer’s term length could change

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A proposed AVMA Bylaws amendment concerning the length of the AVMA treasurer’s term on the Board of Directors will be voted on by the House of Delegates.

The treasurer is elected by the Board, and current language in the bylaws requires annual re-election to the position for up to six terms. Traditionally, the Board has re-elected the treasurer for six terms and has advertised the availability of the position only every six years, according to the recommendation background. Most recently, the Board elected Dr. Arnold Goldman of Canton, Connecticut, as AVMA treasurer for 2017-2018. He will succeed Dr. Barbara Schmidt of Union, Kentucky, when she completes her sixth and final term as treasurer this July.

At the Board’s Nov. 17-19, 2016, meeting, members made the recommendation that, instead, future treasurers would serve a single six-year term. That is the length of time the other Board members serve.

Dr. Lori Teller, a Board member who represents District VIII, said many organizations’ treasurer position has the longest term on their boards for continuity.

The House will vote on the proposed bylaws amendment during its regular winter session, Jan. 13-14 in Chicago.