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AABHE Board Commitment and Duties

An invitation to serve on the board of directors of an organization is both an honor and a responsibility. It means that that organization, whether the organization is for-profit non-profit, thinks that that individual has the experience and the judgment and skills to help accomplish the organization's objectives. Board members should represent key areas that the organization needs to provide proper oversight of activities for the kind of work that the organization does. These could include expertise in such areas as legal, financial management, human resources, educational, fundraising or philanthropic activities.

AABHE Mission Statement

The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) pursues the educational and professional needs of Blacks in higher education with a focus on leadership, access and vital issues impacting students, faculty, staff, and administrators. AABHE also facilitates and provides opportunities for collaborating and networking among individuals, institutions, groups and agencies in higher education in the United States and Internationally.

The following is an excerpt from the AABHE Board Operations Manual that reflects Board members expectations.


In addition to the duties designated in the Bylaws, each Officer and Director shall make the following fundamental commitments to the Association:

            1. Time Commitment

                   a. Serve a full term of office: Officers for 2 years; Board members for 3years.

                   b. Attend the three regularly scheduled physical Board meetings (summer, fall, and national conference meetings).

                   c. Advance the mission, vision and strategic plan.

                   d. Engage in the ongoing business of the AABHE network through email or conference call discussions.

                   e. Chair or serve on a committee, taskforce or initiative.

                   f. Travel on occasion as an AABHE representative at conferences as a presenter or exhibitor.

                  g. Actively recruit new members, gathering information for the newsletter, etc.

          2. Financial Commitment

                  a. Commit to absorbing their travel and accommodation expenses to attend

Board meetings.

                   b. Commit personal and/or professional resources in the form of copies, postage, cash, etc., for special projects of the Association in accordance with one's ability.

                   c. Commit to being a paid "Contributing Member” of the Association.

                   d. Raise annually the equivalent $1,000 in ads, sponsorships, cash or in-kind.

         3. Conference Support Commitment

                  a. Commit to encouraging at least four people to the Association's annual meeting. Those who are able may consider using their own budgets to pay for persons from their institutions.

                  b. Commit to duplicating and distributing conference information to every African-American faculty and staff members at all institutions that you have contact with.

         4. Leadership and Mentoring Institute Support

                  a. Commit to send or recommend at least one person to the Leadership and Mentoring Institute each year.

                  b. Participate in the Institute as a mentor where feasible.

         5. Graduate Student Recognition

                   a. Encourage graduate students to apply for the conference award.

                   b. Mentor graduate student awardees.

In addition to the above all Board members should be persons of the highest integrity, who abide by exemplary standards of business and professional conduct. Directors should possess the skills and judgment, and the commitment to devote the time and attention, necessary to fulfill their duties and responsibilities.
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