Board of Directors Nomination Process

The application process to join the GW Alumni Association Board of Directors is currently closed. The Board has not scheduled when it next plans to open the application process in order to select new Board members. Please check back here for further updates. Please contact the GWAA Nominations and Governance Committee at gwaanoms@gwu.edu with questions.

GWAA Board Positions

Members-at-Large

Members-at-Large serve as representatives of the alumni community on the Board of Directors and comprise approximately half of the overall Board membership. Any alumnus(a) of the university is eligible to serve as a Member-at-Large, though consideration is given to those able to represent a unique constituency of the alumni body, especially a geographic region or university-recognized affinity/interest group.

Members-at-Large serve a three-year term on the Board, and may not serve more than two consecutive terms, and are expected to actively participate in at least one committee of the Board.

An ideal candidate for Member-at-Large should have the following qualities:

  • Passion for the George Washington University and for engaging alumni with GW
  • Are actively involved as a volunteer leader in GW alumni programming (school-based alumni associations, affinity groups, class reunion committees, regional clubs, admissions programs, etc.) or in their community
  • A record of contributing philanthropically to GW

Primary expectations for members of the GWAA Board of Directors:

  • Actively participate in meetings of the board of directors and its committees, ideally in person
  • Make an annual financial contribution to the university
  • Participate in university events and programs, whether on campus in Washington or in the board member’s local area

President-Elect

President-Elect (a one-year term) is a position “in training” for subsequent duty as President of the GWAA (a two-year term) and Immediate Past President (a one-year term). The President-Elect will participate as fully as possible in the duties and functions of the Association and the Board of Directors, serving as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee.

In the absence of the President, the President-Elect shall exercise the duties of the President.

In order to be eligible for election as President-Elect, the applicant must have served as a member of the GWAA Board of Directors for at least two years prior to the commencement of the prospective term.

An ideal candidate for President-Elect should have the following qualities:

  • Passion for George Washington University and engaging alumni with GW
  • Are actively involved as a volunteer leader in GW alumni programming (school-based alumni associations, affinity groups, class reunion committees, regional clubs, admissions programs, etc.) or in their community
  • A record of contributing philanthropically to GW
  • Strong leadership experience with a vision for the GWAA and alumni engagement

Vice President for Financial Affairs and Treasurer

The Vice President for Financial Affairs and Treasurer is tasked with chairing the Finance Committee, informing the Board of the Association's financial conditions at each meeting, and assisting with the preparation of the Association's annual budget.
He or she will also advise the Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) on the cultivation and development of sources for new Association revenues, and assist in the identification of appropriate corporate sponsorships to support GWAA-branded alumni programs. The Vice President for Financial Affairs & Treasurer will serve a two-year term and may not serve more than two consecutive terms.

An ideal candidate for Treasurer should have the following qualities:

  • At least one year of previous GWAA Board experience
  • Strong financial management skills
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Ability to represent the GWAA at events
  • Ability to regularly participate in Executive Committee and full Board meetings
  • Willingness to philanthropically support the university at the Leadership (Luther Rice) level
     

Secretary

The Secretary is tasked with recording meeting attendance and action items discussed at GWAA Executive Committee meetings and full Board meetings. He or she will submit the previous meeting minutes for review and approval at the beginning of each Executive Committee and full Board meeting.

The Secretary also advises on the creative and editorial content for the GWAA Annual Report. Regular attendance at Executive Committee and full Board meetings is critical to the role of the Secretary. The Secretary will serve a two-year term and may not serve more than two consecutive terms.

An ideal candidate for Secretary should have the following qualities:

  • At least one year of previous GWAA Board experience
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to represent the GWAA at events
  • Ability to regularly participate in Executive Committee and full Board meetings
  • Willingness to philanthropically support the university at the Leadership (Luther Rice) level