Annual elections for membership on the American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) Board of Trustees and Council of Scholars are held at the Annual Board meeting. The Nominating Committee, composed of three Board members, solicits recommendations for candidates from eligible AALE members, individual AALE members (i.e., Board of Trustees members and Council of Scholars members), and any other organization approved by the AALE Board. A notice for public members is posted on the aale.org website. A slate is sent to all Board members 30 days prior to the Annual Board Meeting.
What is a public member?
According to the AALE Bylaws (2016rev), Article III.B.1: Public members. At least one (1) in every seven (7) members of the Board must be a “public member”. A Board member serving as a “public member” may not be: (a) an employee, member of the governing board, owner, or shareholder of, or consultant to, an institution or program that either is accredited or preaccredited by AALE or an affiliate member of AALE, or has applied for accreditation or preaccreditation by AALE or affiliate membership in AALE; (b) a member of any trade association or membership organization related to, affiliated with, or associated with AALE; or (c) a spouse, parent, child, or sibling of an individual identified in (a) or (b). Public members shall hold a baccalaureate degree or higher, but not be employed in academia nor retired from a professional career in academia. Public members are to have an understanding of the purposes of liberal education as manifested through educational experience or affiliation with associations and activities related to liberal education. Public members may be sought for their professional competencies in areas relevant to AALE, such as law, accounting, financial management, public or political relations, regulatory compliance, or evaluation and monitoring.