Governance responsibilities today are so significant that board members must bring more than commitment to the mission and interest in serving. As William Bowen writes, every trustee should bring a “specific competence or experience needed on the board.” This sample provides a board policy statement on competency-based recruitment, election and re-election of board members. Use it to customize a process for your board.
To ensure that the Board possesses the competencies necessary for effective board performance.
Board members will be elected based on a demonstrated record of possessing the specific qualifications and competencies necessary for effective governance.
Board members eligible for election to another term will be evaluated on their performance as a trustee and their ability to contribute a competency that is still needed by the organization.
Term limits will be strictly followed to ensure a regular infusion of new individuals who bring needed competencies, provide fresh thinking and keep governance connected to the stakeholders.