By now you may have heard about a proposal to update ASSP's governance. If not or if you would like more information about what you have heard, please visit ASSP’s governance webpage to review details on the recommendation to transition the House of Delegates to an at-large advisory group. ASSP has also posted a one-page fact sheet that summarizes key facts.
Since late May 2021, ASSP’s Board of Directors has been working to share information and answer member questions during various events and through one-on-one conversations with leaders and key stakeholder groups. In presentations about the recommendation, ASSP President Brad Giles, President-Elect Christine Sullivan and members of the Governance Task Force have highlighted several anticipated outcomes of passing the proposal:
- Eliminate legal and financial risk by creating one governing body. Proposal aims to align ASSP structure with Illinois state law (where ASSP is incorporated).
- Create agile daily operations. Versatile infrastructure would enable ASSP to meet the contemporary needs of our member communities, capture market opportunities and implement solutions faster.
- Enhance member voice in decision-making. More members would be able to participate via the at-large approach. Members retain voting authority on key issues (e.g., name change).
- Maintain strong representation for ASSP communities. Chapters would continue to advocate for change through their elected area directors and regional vice presidents.
- Foster greater diversity of thought. At-large participation would open a more inclusive path to meaningful engagement for a larger group of members, including those not represented before.
The ASSP governance webpage provides additional details on these expected outcomes and explains factors driving the proposal. It also features an in-depth FAQ section that addresses specific elements of the proposal.
The House of Delegates will vote on this proposal on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, during a meeting starting at 12:00 p.m. CT. If you have specific questions about this issue, please contact Chapter President David Hanson using the form at the bottom of this page.
Member voice will always be vital to ASSP. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration of this information so you can fully understand the issues and their impact on our Society.