As noted in its bylaws, the SAA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that operates to support and benefit the charitable and educational purposes of its sole “Corporate Member,” which is the Society of American Archivists.
The SAA Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors that is made up of “Class A” and “Class B” members. Class A members are the four individuals who comprise the SAA Executive Committee plus the immediate past president of SAA. Class B members are individuals who are not concurrently serving as Class A members. At all times, Class B members must outnumber Class A members by at least one. The Board also includes, as ex officio members, the SAA executive director and the SAA director of finance/administration.
Class A directors serve for as long as they continue to hold their respective positions in relation to SAA. Their terms coincide with their terms in office with SAA, generally beginning as of the close of one SAA Annual Membership Meeting and continuing through the close of the next SAA Annual Membership Meeting.
Class B directors are elected for three-year terms by the SAA Council at its meeting held in conjunction with the SAA Annual Meeting, based on a slate developed by the Foundation Board. Terms of Class B members are staggered so that approximately one-third of the members’ terms expire each year. Their terms begin and end at the start of the Foundation Board’s annual meeting (generally in January). Class B members may serve an unlimited number of successive terms.
The Foundation Board elects its officers – a president, vice president, and treasurer, along with such other officers as it may determine – from among its own members at the Board’s annual meeting. Officers take office at the close of the Board’s annual meeting and serve for a period of one year.
The president presides at all meetings of the Board, executes contracts and all other instruments that the Board has authorized to be executed (or delegates such authority to his/her designee), and performs all duties as prescribed by the Board of Directors.
The vice president assists the president in the execution of her/his duties, performs the duties and exercises the authority of the president in the absence of the president, and serves as the chair of the Development Committee.
The treasurer oversees the prudent investment and management of the Foundation’s assets, ensures that periodic financial reports are made to the Board of Directors, and serves as the chair of the Finance Committee.
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