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Criteria for Candidates for the Board of the CSU Alumni Association

The Cleveland State University Alumni Association supports the mission and vision of the University by facilitating opportunities that connect its students, graduates, and the community through networking, volunteer, and outreach activities.

Excerpts from the Code of Regulations of the Cleveland State University Alumni Association

The Cleveland State University Alumni Association is a not-for-profit 501©3 organization.  It was incorporated September 1, 1955 as the Fenn Alumni Association and, after the change from Fenn College to Cleveland State University in 1964, is on file in the Attorney General’s Office as the Cleveland State University Alumni Association.

The Association shall represent the members of The Cleveland State University Alumni Association in organized activities and relationships with the University. The Association shall have one governing body financed by the alumni and the University. It shall be the accredited medium for the consideration, determination and transaction of matters pertaining to members and their constituent organizations in their relations with the University,

The objects and purposes of the Association are:

  1. to promote the interest and welfare of  Cleveland State University and its alumni;
  2. to inspire, develop and maintain the interest of alumni in the University;
  3. to help alumni keep alive the friendships, associations and interests they formed as students at Cleveland State and Fenn College;
  4.  to foster giving to the University;
  5.  to maintain close cooperation among alumni, officers and Trustees of the University and
  6.  to establish a medium through which alumni may support and advance the cause of higher education by the University; all of the foregoing to be consistent with the policies established by the Trustees of the University.

ARTICLE III – DIRECTORS - Section 3.1 – Number

There shall be at least fifteen (15) Directors of the CSUAA elected from the general Membership, at least five (5) of whom shall be elected each year; and one (1) Director elected by and to represent each Alumni Chapter.

Section 3.2 – Term of Office - A term of office shall be three (3) years.  A Director may serve no more than two (2) consecutive terms but may be re-elected as a Director after one year off the CSUAA Board. 

If a Director is elected an Officer during a current term, she/he shall automatically cease status as a Director, the Officer position taking precedence.  After serving the elected term(s) as an Officer, said individual shall return to the CSUAA Board in the status of a Director to complete the unexpired portion of their term as a Director.  Directors will be officially sworn in at the Annual Meeting. 

Section 3.3 – Duties and Qualifications.  Directors shall serve on the CSUAA Board; act as counsel to the Officers of the CSUAA; and carry out their duties as set forth in the Statement of Expectations for CSUAA Board of Directors Members (Exhibit A).

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS - Section 4.1 – CSUAA Officers

The CSUAA Officers shall be President, Immediate Past President, President-elect, Secretary and Treasurer.  All Officers shall be members of the CSUAA Board Executive Committee.

Term of Office. With the exception of the CSUAA Executive Director, Officers are elected to a two year term. Officers will be sworn in at the Annual Meeting.

Section 4.2 – Duties and Functions of Officers

A.    The President shall preside at all meetings of the CSUAA and serve as Chair of the CSUAA Board.  She or he shall preside at meetings of the Executive Committee and CSUAA Board, including the Annual Meeting; appoint all ad hoc CSUAA Board committees; serve as ex-officio member of each committee; and serve as an ex-officio member of the Cleveland State University Foundation’s Board of Directors.

  1. The President-elect shall serve as Vice Chair of the CSUAA Board and as a member of the Executive Committee.  The President-elect shall act for the President in the President’s absence, and chair one of the CSUAA’s Standing Committees.
  2. The Immediate Past President shall serve the CSUAA as the Immediate Past President of the CSUAA Board and as a member of the Executive Committee. 
  3. The Secretary shall keep the official minutes and attendance records of the CSUAA Board, Executive Committee and General Membership meetings and submit them to the Alumni Affairs Office for reproduction and distribution.  If the position of Secretary is vacant, CSUAA Board members will be appointed by the President to take minutes on a rotating basis.
  4. The Treasurer, meeting the qualifications set forth in Exhibit B, shall be the custodian of all CSUAA funds.  She or he shall be responsible for depositing or cause to be deposited all CSUAA funds in such financial institution(s) as the Executive Committee shall approve.  The Treasurer shall be responsible for monitoring the budget, for ensuring that the required tax reports are filed, and arranging for the annual or biennial audit if such audit is approved by the CSUAA Board.  The Treasurer shall prepare quarterly statements for distribution to the CSUAA Board before its regularly scheduled meetings. 
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