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12/30/2008

Board Changes set for ABC in Coming Years

A recent vote on governance structure passed with strong support from members


AMES, Iowa – December 30, 2008
A 37-2 member vote supporting a proposal to revise and realign ABC’s Board of Director’s (BOD) marks another key moment on the timeline of ABC’s rich history. The ballot initiative as passed by ABC’s members will increase operational efficiency and effectiveness of Board operations.


The Board Composition Task Force sought member input, and held discussions over the course of several months to develop the proposal. BOD President, Alan Cherubin, is enthusiastic about the impact the changes will have on ABC’s future.


“Member approval to reconfigure the board is significant for several reasons. It reflects the growth of ABC, adds two new voting seats on the Board of Directors to represent interests of the Validation and Examination Committees and strengthens the financial oversight of the association by replacing the treasurer with a Finance Committee and Chief Financial Officer,” Cherubin says.


Changes will officially begin in January 2010, and streamline the governance system, while strengthening representation of member issues. With a smaller Board in place, there will be more resources available to meet in a timely matter and respond quickly to member issues, but only reduce the number of members required to approve a voting measure by one.


“This change will result in a more compact, efficient, and responsive Board of Directors and allow voting board members to focus on higher value strategic interests while enhancing the contributions of committee chairs,” he explained.
 

Association membership has an opportunity to impact ABC – both now and in the future as seen with the creation and passage of this proposal, according to Cherubin.


“Considerable talent, knowledge, and ideas rest within the pool of staff found amongst the nearly 100 programs which are ABC members. The ABC Board is a place where our member officers can bring their expertise and knowledge and have a lasting impact on the profession,” Cherubin said. “Contribution of just one individual can greatly enhance the professions we collectively serve.”


The Association of Boards of Certification is dedicated to protecting public health and the environment by advancing the quality and integrity of environmental certification programs through innovative technical support services, effective information exchange, professional and cost-effective examination services, and other progressive services for members.

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