2022 EdTA Board Election Guide

Board Election Guide

EdTA’s 2022 board of directors election will open in late January and run through mid-March. All EdTA adult members in good standing are eligible to vote — you have a voice in choosing who will represent you on the board.

Currently, the board of directors comprises nine elected members, including the president, vice president and immediate past president, and three appointed members (view current board). The vice president/president serves a five-year term, two as VP, two as president, and one as past president. Other elected members serve three-year terms, and may be re-elected for a total service of six years. Appointed members serve one four-year term.

This year, two board directors will be elected for terms to begin July 1, and members will vote on four proposed code changes.

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Why This Guide?

As an average member, how does the board of directors affect you? What should you consider when deciding whom to vote for? This guide is intended to help you understand the board’s role within the organization, why your vote is important, and the backgrounds and qualifications of the candidates seeking your vote.

Board Role

The EdTA board is a governing board (not a working board). What does a governing board do?

  • Sets direction: Reviews EdTA’s mission to ensure that it remains a guidepost, establishes strategic goals and priorities, plans for the future.
  • Ensures and protects resources: The board is responsible for protecting financial assets, physical assets, reputation, and image.
  • Provides oversight: Ensures policies are in place to evaluate infrastructure, programs, and services.
  • Engages in outreach: Understands, interprets, and communicates the diverse needs of the membership. Board directors act as ambassadors and advocates of the mission.

The board is not an honorary post, nor is it involved in day-to-day operations — those are managed solely by the executive director, who is the board’s employee. Board members must be comfortable making strategic and sometimes-difficult decisions that affect the entire membership.

Association Priorities and Objectives

Like all associations, EdTA faces continued operational and financial challenges due to the pandemic. Our top short-term priorities are to focus on core services and organizational health, specifically:

  • Honoring students through the International Thespian Society
  • Online professional learning and resources for teachers
  • Thespy­® Awards and the International Thespian Festival
  • Supporting chapters in delivering the mission locally
  • Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the association
  • Financial stability
  • Rebuilding participation in theatre programs
  • Setting up a new executive director to successfully lead the organization into the future

Proposed Code Changes

The ballot includes four code changes.

2022 Board Candidates

Below you’ll find resources to help you get to know the candidates and how they might represent EdTA members:

  • A one-minute video sharing each candidate’s vision for theatre education and EdTA coming out of the pandemic
  • A candidate profile containing each person’s CV and details about their leadership experience and qualifications in their own words.

We encourage you to review each candidate’s vision, then reflect on how their involvement might advance the association’s objectives and the way you would like the association to serve you.

Board Director Candidates

How to Vote

Every EdTA adult member will receive a secure ballot by email when the election opens at the end of January. The ballot will be sent to the email address associated with your membership account.

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