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What is the Immediate Past President?

Monday, April 29, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Norbert Kubilus, Immediate Past AITP President

I was visiting a Chapter recently and introduced as the "Association President”. When I attempted to clarify that I am the "Immediate Past President”, I sensed some confusion. What is the Immediate Past President? What is his or her role in the Association?

The Association By-Laws provides limited information on the role of the Immediate Past President. Fundamentally, the Immediate Past President is "the person who served the prior term as President” (Article VIII Section 6.01). The Immediate Past President is an Officer of the Association (Article VIII Section 1.01) and a member of the Association Board of Directors (Article V Section 2.01), as well as a member of the Executive Committee (Article V Section 2.02). But, primarily the Immediate Past President role is limited to performing "such duties and provide such advice as from time to time is requested by the President or Board of Directors” (Article VIII Section 6.02).

Well that's a lot of formal language that doesn't provide much of an answer … or guidance. We've had some Immediate Past Presidents who essentially slipped into retirement. Others have remained quite active during their year serving as an ambassador for the Association and taking on significant assignments such as Chairing the Association Directors & Officers Recruitment Committee (ARC) – the group responsible for identifying and vetting candidates for Association Officer and Director positions.

I see myself as "Chief Advisor” to the Association President, Executive Committee and Association Directors, representing the continuity of Association Presidents going back to our first Association President in 1952, Robert L. Jenal. As "senior statesman”, I am also an ambassador for the Association internally to members and Chapters, as well as externally to other organizations as requested by Bill Fly, 2013 Association President. And, yes, you may have read on Information Executive that I am chairing the ARC this year, and I am working on updating our Association Policies and Procedures.

Norbert J. Kubilus, CCP MBCS
Association Immediate Past President
Chair, 2013 Association Recruitment Committee

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