A Governor is a member of the governing body of ACHE and is responsible, as a board member, for the overall direction of ACHE through policy decisions. A Governor is generally assigned to be the liaison to the Regents within an administrative district for the purpose of communications and coordination.


The Board of Governors shall have charge of the property of ACHE and shall have authority to control and manage the affairs and funds of ACHE and is the Board of Directors described in the Illinois General Not-for-Profit Corporation Act.

At each annual meeting of the Council of Regents, Governors shall be elected to succeed those whose terms then expire. At least one Governor shall be a member of the uniformed services/Veterans Affairs, who represents members of the Air Force, Army, Navy (including the Coast Guard and uniformed members of the Public Health Service), and Veterans Affairs.

Recommended Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the programs, products and services of ACHE including recent history and developments;
  • Knowledge of the local, state and regional healthcare community, as well as broad knowledge of the national healthcare system including national trends and developments in the effective management of healthcare;
  • Effective public speaking skills;
  • Awareness and experience with effective governance practices;
  • Negotiation, influencing and policy decision/analysis skills; and personal organizational skills

Meeting Requirements:

The Board of Governors meets three times annually—in March at ACHE's Congress on Healthcare Leadership (two meetings), in June in a retreat format (three days), and in November (two days).

Other Commitments:

Governors of ACHE are also asked to attend:

  • A two-day orientation program in January conducted by the American Society of Association Executives (first year only).

  • A one-day New Governor/Chairman-Elect orientation held in Chicago in the spring (first-year only).

  • ACHE's Congress on Healthcare Leadership. In addition to the Congress Board meetings, functions include the Regents Leadership Conference, Council of Regents Meeting, Annual Membership Meeting, Regents Recognition Reception and Dinner, Convocation Ceremony, Modern Healthcare Health Care Hall of Fame Dinner, Board of Governors Dinner (with corporate partners), keynote sessions, luncheons, and various receptions. A Governor's Congress schedule begins with a Board meeting on the Friday prior to the start of Congress and concludes the following Wednesday evening.

  • An annual Fall District Meeting held in conjunction with the Chapter Leaders Conference.

  • ACHE breakfasts and luncheons held in conjunction with state and metropolitan healthcare association meetings, as feasible.

  • ACHE chapter meetings, as feasible.

In addition, Governors serve as an example to ACHE affiliates by making a meaningful annual tax-deductible contribution to ACHE's Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership.

As members of the ultimate fiduciary body within ACHE, members of the Board of Governors are expected to refrain from applying for grants and competitive speaking and writing opportunities from ACHE unless a prior contractual arrangement exists (e.g., a current Health Administration Press author).

Members of the Board of Governors are also expected to refrain from participating in any activity (e.g., advertorials, panelist at customized events, focus groups, etc.) that would appear as an endorsement of one or more Corporate Partners' products, programs or services, and thus an implied endorsement by ACHE.

Financial Support:

Governors of ACHE will be reimbursed for reasonable, actual expenses incurred when traveling on official ACHE business. Governors also receive an office allowance of $600.

Eligibility Criteria:

Fellow of ACHE in good standing.


Three years

No Governor shall be elected to a consecutive term, except a Governor who fills a vacancy for less than one year. He/she shall be eligible for election to an immediately succeeding full term.

Last Updated July 2011