Structure and Governance in 1997–98

1998 Board

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 At the April 1998 Board meeting, by a vote of 22 to 1, the Board endorsed a shift in its governance practices to adopt policies based on the John Carver Model of Board Governance. From June 26 to 28, the Board met in retreat at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis, MN, to discuss the process of implementing the model. (N.B.: This model was designed to reduce “rubber stamping,” promote proactive approaches, encourage staff freedom, enable the CEO, sharpen Board decisiveness, foster timely response to issues, clarify board and staff roles, emphasize vision and goals, and clarify ends vs. means.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Members of the Board Governance Task Force included: Greer Litton Fox, President; Bill Doherty, President-Elect; James Ponzetti, President, Association of Councils; Katherine Allen, Program Vice President-Elect; Janice Long, Sections; Carol Matusicky, CEO, BC Council for the Family, and Mary Jo Czaplewski, Secretary.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 In April 1998, a Committee on Executive Director Transition was chaired by Gay Kitson. Board permission was granted to hire a professional search firm (Paul Belford of JGD Associates) to recruit the new Executive Director, with an emphasis on inclusiveness (race and gender). Committee members were Elaine Anderson, Edith Lewis, Brent Miller, Sally Kees Martin, and Velma McBride Murray (Greer Litton FoxBill Doherty, and Cindy Winter were ex officio members.) Final interviews were scheduled for late February 1999.


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