Board of Directors
The ASWB Board of Directors is elected by the delegate assembly and oversees the ongoing business of the association.
The association has an 11-member board–president, president-elect/past-president (alternating years), secretary, treasurer, and seven directors at large. Two members of the Board must be public members of a member board and one at large seat is reserved for a current administrator of a member board. The association president must be a licensed social worker.
Each year, at the ASWB Annual Meeting of the Delegate Assembly, delegates vote for individuals to serve on ASWB’s Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. The Board of Directors oversees the governance of the association, and the Nominating Committee identifies and nominates individuals to run for election each year.
Members of the Board of Directors assume office at the close of the Annual Meeting at which they are elected, and serve as specified in the bylaws or until a successor is elected.
The Board of Directors manages the affairs of the association, including the establishment of an annual budget and the transaction of all business for and on behalf of the association as authorized under the bylaws. The Board of Directors carries out the resolutions, actions, or policies as authorized by the Delegates, subject to the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The Board of Directors hires the chief executive officer to serve as the administrative officer of the association, accountable to the ASWB Board.
All officers and members of the Board of Directors vote on issues that come before the Board.
All Board members may be asked by the president to represent the association at other professional social work meetings, assist staff with the ASWB exhibit booth, and attend meetings of related regulatory organizations such as the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB) or the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulations (CLEAR).
Occasionally, officers or Board members may be asked to attend a meeting of a member board.
Specific responsibilities of members of the Board of Directors
As in most organizations, the president is the presiding officer at all meetings of both the Board of Directors and the Delegate Assembly. The president is expected to control discussion while keeping it open for all who want to be heard, ruling on parliamentary points, and maintaining order.
The president of ASWB has many other duties as well. They include:
- In consultation with the CEO, setting the proposed agenda for all Board meetings
- Making all committee appointments, with the approval of the rest of the Board
- Establishing and appointing task forces or other ad hoc committees
- Representing the association as necessary in contacts with other organizations
- Overseeing and signing all official Board correspondence
- Calling special meetings of either the Board or the Delegate Assembly
- Filling vacancies on the Board of Directors
- Acting as the first line of contact for the chief executive officer and other appropriate staff
- Making a report on the state of the association at the Annual Meeting
- Representing the association as needed in legal matters
The president-elect may move to the presidency a year in advance, in the event the president is unable to serve.
The position alternates with the position of president-elect on the Board. The past president goes off the Board the same year that the president-elect is elected to the Office of President.
The secretary also oversees the agendas for meetings and the timeline for legal notifications of pending business as required in the bylaws. The secretary’s signature is required on a number of legal contracts and other documents.
The Finance Committee advises the Board on issues related to the use of the association’s assets to assure prudence and integrity of fiscal management and responsiveness to member boards’ needs. The Finance Committee also reviews financial policies to provide guidelines for fiscal management, and reviews and revises financial forecast assumptions.
All expenditures of more than $10,000 are reported to the treasurer.