Constitutional Amendment 3 Awaiting Notification
To delete language that is no longer needed now that executive officer elections are on the same three-year cycle
Article IV. Executive Officers
Section 5. Elections, Terms, and Salaries
Beginning in 1993 and each third year thereafter, the The President, and the Vice President and the Secretary-Treasurer shall be nominated at and elected by the Representative Assembly at the Annual Meeting in accordance with this Constitution, the Bylaws, and the Standing Rules.
- Beginning in 2014 and each third year thereafter, the Secretary-Treasurer shall be nominated at and elected by the Representative Assembly at the Annual Meeting in accordance with this Constitution, the Bylaws, and the Standing Rules.
- b. In an election for President, Vice President, or Secretary-Treasurer, if there is only one (1) candidate for the position, the Chair shall declare such candidate elected.
d. c. The terms of the President, of the Vice President, and of the Secretary-Treasurer shall be three (3) years beginning September 1 following their election, except that the term of the Secretary-Treasurer elected in 2012 shall be two (2) years. Each executive officer shall remain in office through August 31 of the year in which a successor is elected, unless otherwise provided in this Constitution. An executive officer shall serve no more than two (2) terms in the office to which elected.
Article IV, Section 5 of the NEA Constitution sets out the terms of the NEA President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. Prior to 1991, the Constitution permitted executive officers to serve up to three two-year terms, with election of the President and Vice President taking place in odd-numbered years and election of the Secretary-Treasurer in even-numbered years. In 1991, this language was amended to allow officers to serve up to two three-year terms, with election of the President and Vice President taking place in 1993 and every third year thereafter, and election of the Secretary-Treasurer taking place in 1992 and every third year thereafter.
In 2010, the Constitution was amended to eliminate the staggered terms for officers starting in 2014. To accomplish this, language was added providing for a one-time two year-term for the Secretary-Treasurer elected in 2012. In 2014, all three officers were then elected for concurrent three-year terms.
The proposed amendment would clean up Article IV by striking the outdated references to 1993, 2012 and 2014, leaving intact the language setting forth the current officer election rules. The amendment would have no impact on the conduct of elections or the terms of officers.
Committee on Bylaws, Constitution, and Rules
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