Douglas C. Comer, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
March 23, 2017
Dear Members of US/ICOMOS,
It has been an exhiliarating six months since I was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of US/ICOMOS. As the leadership of US/ICOMOS has evolved, so too events around the world and here at home have us constantly re-evaluating our vision, strategies, abilities and effectiveness in accomplishing our important work.
Among the most significant ways to strengthen our organization is to build our 21-person board. US/ICOMOS is fortunate to have a working board where each member makes major contributions to the programmatic and fiscal advancement of the organization. Last year, due to term limitations, there was a major turnover of the US/ICOMOS board leadership. This presented a challenge to ensure an effective leadership transition in order to maintain and build upon the achievements of the past year. The Chairman, the Secretary, and the Treasurer had all reached the limits that US/ICOMOS bylaws set for officers serving in those positions. As a result, three officer positions and seven trustee positions were filled.
Several trustee positions were intentionally left unfilled to allow time for the election dust of 2016 to settle. We are now ready to solicit nominations for trustees from the membership. The US/ICOMOS Nominating Committee welcomes your nomination of candidates to fill four trustee positions. I have provided below information on the qualifications for officers and trustees. In selecting trustees, US/ICOMOS strives to maintain a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and geography.
The Nominating Committee urges US/ICOMOS members to forward nominations of qualified persons to the Committee at email@example.com April 15th. The nominations should include: (1) an email from the nominator, (2) the nominee’s short biography (not to exceed one page), and (3) the nominee’s statement of goals if elected and a description as to what makes him or her a qualified candidate (not to exceed 250 words). The Nominating Committee will then prepare a slate of candidates for consideration by the Board, and the approved slate will be sent to the membership for their vote. You will find more information below.
My great thanks to you for your participation in this important process. I look forward to building on our great success.
With my best regards,
Douglas C. Comer, Ph.D.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR US/ICOMOS OFFICERS AND TRUSTEES
In considering their nominations, US/ICOMOS members are strongly urged to use the following list of key qualifications of trustees and officers as a guide:
1) Membership in good standing of US/ICOMOS.
2) Demonstrated interest in US/ICOMOS and the preservation of the international cultural heritage.
3) Experience in managing or influencing the management of a commercial, educational, professional or other enterprise — nonprofit or otherwise — with responsibility for conducting business affairs or programs and managing assets, both tangible and intangible.
4) Working knowledge of the financial structures and the means by which nonprofit organizations customarily conduct their business affairs.
5) Ability to creditably represent US/ICOMOS in public forums dealing with US/ICOMOS matters.
6) Close relationships with other public and private institutions in this and related fields.
7) Significant national and international professional connections.
8) Capacity and willingness to give or raise substantial funds for US/ICOMOS.