Board membership frequently asked questions

What is the Alumni Association board of directors and what is its role?
The Alumni Association exists to promote the general welfare and success of UW-Eau Claire and its graduates. The association is committed to furthering the development of the university by actively cultivating support and involvement among alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community.

The board of directors acts as an advisory body to university staff and, in particular, to the Office of Alumni Relations, which oversees the programs and activities of the Alumni Association. The board also assists with the planning, promotion and conducting of alumni programs and activities.

How many people serve and for how long?
The board consists of a minimum of 18 elected members, two students, the chancellor, the director of alumni relations and three designees of the chancellor (for a total minimum of 25 members). Elected members serve a three-year term; students serve a two-year term. Elected directors may serve no more than two consecutive three-year terms. After serving two consecutive terms, a person is eligible to be re-elected to the board after two years.

How are board members selected?
The Alumni Association’s nominating committee, made up of current directors, reviews nominations made by alumni and staff and presents a single slate of candidates at the association’s annual meeting. Nominations from the floor are also accepted. A vote to elect the candidates is taken and requires a majority vote to pass.

How often does the board meet? Where are meetings held, and how long do they last?
The board of directors holds at least three regularly scheduled meetings each year — usually in March, May, and December. Meetings are typically held on campus and usually last 3-4 hours. Meetings are held on Friday afternoons. Directors are expected to attend all regularly scheduled meetings.

What is the time commitment for board meetings and preparation?
Board members are expected to read materials that are sent prior to each meeting. Such materials include the meeting agenda, committee information, program updates prepared by staff, and other information pertaining to the board meeting. In addition, time is required to travel to and participate in all board meetings. Members are expected to participate in Homecoming weekend and other events as needed. They should also participate in events in their area as their personal time permits.

What is the personal financial commitment for board meetings?
Board members are asked to pay for their transportation to and from Eau Claire, lodging, and meals. The Office of Alumni Relations pays for tickets to events that are part of the meeting activities.

Am I welcome to bring my spouse or a guest to board meetings?
Your spouse or guest is welcome to attend board social functions. Generally, those occasions are luncheons and dinners that are not “working” meals.

How does a board member’s service benefit the Alumni Association?
Members have the opportunity to provide advice on alumni programs and activities, to share their ideas for new initiatives, and to work on the enhancement and development of Alumni Association programming. In addition, members serve as spokespersons for the association and the university in their communities. Board members help shape the future direction of the Alumni Association and influence the quality of the association and UW-Eau Claire. Alumni programming involves alumni in advancement of the university and supports the recruitment of talented students.

How will board service benefit the member?
As leaders of the Alumni Association, board members have opportunities to interact with the campus community; meet with the chancellor and other senior administrators; be identified as association leaders to alumni at Homecoming and other alumni events, as well as through The View and e-View; and maintain close ties to UW-Eau Claire.