2004-2005 Governance Implementation Task Force

2004-2005 Annual Report

Summary: The Governance Implementation Task Force reviewed progress made in the development and deployment of ACHE chapters, reviewed issues raised during the Regents Think Tank and the Board of Governor’s subsequent actions to address the concerns, reviewed and approved proposed changes to the current position descriptions for Governor, Regent, and Regent-at-Large to better delineate the respective roles of these key elected leaders. Further, the task force considered whether the size of the geographic area should be a factor in determining the level of Regent representation, and directed staff to develop a communication plan that outlines governance changes and identifies the implementation activities in their respective timeframes.

REPORT

The Governance Implementation Task Force was established to oversee the activities of ACHE staff in implementing the recommendations of the 2000-2001 Governance Task Force and to consider further efforts needed to implement the direction of that report. The task force met on August 12, 2004. A summary of the task force’s activities follows:

POSITION DESCRIPTIONS

Per the Board of Governors request, the task force reviewed the current position descriptions for Governor, Regent, and Regent-at-Large and recommended changes to better delineate the respective roles of these key elected leaders, particularly with respect to the independent chartered chapters of ACHE. The proposed changes were provided to Regents for review at the Fall District Meetings. After review at the Fall District Meetings, these proposed changes will be forwarded to the Board of Governors as a staff recommendation.

REGENT REPRESENTATION AND GEOGRAPHIC AREA

The task force reviewed a memorandum that presented background information on the geographic size and affiliate density of ACHE voting jurisdictions and approved a recommendation that geographic size not be a factor in determining the level of Regent representation. The proposed changes were forwarded to the Bylaws Committee which recommended appropriate changes to the ACHE Bylaws in their report to the Board of Governors.

CONFIGURATION OF ACHE ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS

The task force reviewed a proposed configuration for ACHE Districts and approved the configuration for review by Regents at the Fall District Meetings. Further, they recommended changes to the ACHE Bylaws to empower the Board of Governors to determine the number and configuration of ACHE administrative districts. These recommended changes were reviewed by the Bylaws Committee which recommended the changes in their report to the Board of Governors. Following review at the Fall District Meetings, the proposed configuration for ACHE administrative districts will be presented to the Board of Governors as a staff recommendation.

CHAPTER DEPLOYMENT UPDATE

The task force reviewed a memorandum and a map illustrating the status of ACHE’s chapter deployment. ACHE has 69 chartered chapters which provide coverage for 85% of US-based ACHE affiliates. Of these, 21 are fully chartered (36% of affiliates) and 48 are provisionally chartered (49% of affiliates). Staff reported that work continues on developing and deploying new ACHE chapters in the unclaimed areas of the country with an eye toward chartering additional chapters at the November 2004 Board of Governors meeting.

COMMUNICATION PLAN: GOVERNANCE CHANGES, IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITIES, AND TIMEFRAMES

The task force directed staff to develop a communication plan that outlines governance changes, identifies the implementation activities and their respective timeframes. The task force felt that a communication plan was necessary in order to increase awareness of affiliates regarding the changes in ACHE governance and how it will affect them.