What is the Immediate Past President?
Monday, April 29, 2013
Posted by: Norbert Kubilus, Immediate Past AITP President
I was visiting a Chapter recently and introduced
as the "Association President”.
attempted to clarify that I am the "Immediate Past President”, I sensed some
What is the Immediate Past
What is his or her role in
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
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
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
Norbert J. Kubilus, CCP MBCS
Association Immediate Past President
Chair, 2013 Association Recruitment Committee