In the 21 July Board of Directors meeting, the Board voted to reduce the number of Directors from six to four, starting with the 2012 election. With this vote, there will be two Directors elected next year rather than four.
This vote continues a gradual change in the composition of the Board of Directors. A few years ago, the Board voted to eliminate the position of Second Vice President and two Director positions. The recent vote furthers the reduction in the size of the Board of Directors.
“A smaller Board allows for more streamlined and efficient discussion and decision-making,” explained STC President Hillary Hart. “There’s also a cost involved for each Board member (periodic travel), so there is a savings benefit attached to this decision as well.” She continued, “This reduction in the number of Directors enables more focused strategic planning while still representing the entire Society. And with the increased use of online technologies and social media, we can streamline the Board without reducing the quality of the Board’s discussions.”
The STC Bylaws state that the Board of Directors must have “no fewer than seven and no more than twelve individuals: five officers … and no fewer than two and no more than seven directors-at-large.”