American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Responsibilities of the President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President

Description of Office

President-Elect

The President-Elect collaborates with the President to learn the role of the President, to become familiar with the programs of the Association and its governance, and to develop and facilitate officer transition. The President-Elect assists and supports the President as needed and plans for the Presidential year. The President-Elect shall automatically become President at the end of the term as President-Elect. 

President

The President serves as the chair of the Board of Directors. The President ensures that the Board of Directors fulfills its responsibilities for the governance of the Association. The President works in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer to achieve the mission of the Association and to optimize the relationship between the Board and staff. 

Immediate Past President

The Immediate Past President provides advice and leadership to the Board of Directors regarding past practices and other matters to assist the Board in governing the Association. The Immediate Past President supports the president and the President-Elect on an as-needed basis. The Immediate Past President performs the duties of the President in the absence or disability of the President. 

Term

Three years (one year each as President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President). 

Desired Personal and Professional Characteristics

  • Ability to listen, analyze, think strategically and creatively, and work well with people individually and in a group.
  • Ability to consider multiple viewpoints about controversial issues and to communicate ASHA's perspective effectively with members and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare for, attend, and participate in board and committee meetings (including conference calls), ask questions, take responsibility, follow through on a given assignment, and evaluate oneself.
  • Willingness to develop certain skills if one does not possess them, such as understanding financial statements and learning more about the substantive program areas of the Association.
  • Honesty; sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views; a friendly, responsive, and patient approach; community-building skills; personal integrity; a developed sense of values; and concern for the Association's development.
  • Experience in leadership.
  • Team-building skills. 

Primary Responsibilities

President-Elect 

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Board of Directors.
  • Be informed about the Association's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Assist the Board of Directors in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings and conference calls.
  • Represent ASHA on behalf of the President as needed.
  • Attend the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Annually review and vote on the Association's budget.
  • Attend the annual meetings of both the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Advisory Councils.
  • Serve as a member of the Financial Planning Board.
  • Chair the Committee on Committees.
  • Represent the Board of Directors on the board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.
  • Contribute to a review of the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Develop and conduct the Board of Directors' Orientation and Retreat.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of the Association as needed. 

President 

  • Chair and participate in all meetings of the Board of Directors.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Executive Officer in preparing the agenda for board meetings.
  • Be informed about the Association's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Serve as the official spokesperson for the Association.
  • Work in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer to make sure that Board resolutions are carried out.
  • Represent ASHA and the professions in a variety of liaison and public information activities, including federal agency and national legislative concerns.
  • Attend the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Annually review and vote on the Association's budget.
  • Attend the annual meetings of both the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Advisory Councils.
  • Attend 8-10 meetings of state Associations, related professional organizations, and ASHA-sponsored conferences as requested.
  • Work closely with the Chief Executive Officer to ensure that Board activities and National Office functions are coordinated and mutually supportive.
  • Prepare 6-8 articles for The ASHA Leader as requested.
  • Maintain relationships with the volunteer leaders of related organizations.
  • Prepare the President-Elect to transition to leadership.
  • Prepare and coordinate a review of the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Review the performance of the Board of Directors and take steps to improve its performance and ensure that it has fulfilled its responsibilities.

Immediate Past President

  • Attend and participate in all meetings of the Board of Directors.
  • Be informed about the Association's mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Assist the Board of Directors in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings and conference calls.
  • Represent ASHA on behalf of the President as needed.
  • Annually review and vote on the Association's budget.
  • Attend the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Attend the annual meetings of both the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Advisory Councils.
  • Chair the Committee on Nominations and Elections.
  • Serve as a member of the Financial Planning Board.
  • Contribute to a review of the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Prepare and present information at meetings on behalf of the Association as needed. 

Time Commitment

President-Elect 

Approximately 16 hours per week (excluding travel). 

President 

Approximately 20 hours per week (excluding travel). 

Immediate Past President

Approximately 16 hours per week (excluding travel).

Financial Support

The Association provides the President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President with support in a number of ways: financial support for required functions of the office; assistance with office expenses, including some limited personnel support; and an equipment budget. 

A stipend is provided to the President-Elect's, President's, and Immediate Past President's institutions. 

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