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As a part of the new governance model, DuraSpace is officially launched the nominations phase of our Board-Member-at-Large elections in March 2015.

The DuraSpace Board of Directors plays a key role in setting the strategic direction and priorities of the DuraSpace non-profit organization. Up to this point all new board members have been nominated and elected by the sitting board members. Along with the transition to a membership-based organization, there will be one (1) community elected DuraSpace board member, called the Board-Member-at-Large, who will be nominated by the community and elected by DuraSpace Members.

DuraSpace Organization Board of Directors Role
The Board of Directors works with the DuraSpace CEO, Debra Hanken Kurtz, helping to set the strategic direction and priorities of the DuraSpace non-profit organization. The responsibilities include:
Determining the organization's mission and purposes

  • Hiring and on-going support of the Chief Executive Officer
  • Building strategic relationships, including making connections to potential supporters, funders, customers, stakeholders; enable the building of alliances, partnerships, and business relationships
  • Fiscal oversight and risk management, including review and approval of corporate financial reports and high-level decision making to ensure the fiscal health of the organization
  • Review and approval business strategies, revenue-generating, and fund raising strategies
  • Monitoring the organization's programs and services
  • Enhancing the organization's public image

Board members serve for a term of 2 years. The next term begins July 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2017. There are 4 meetings a year, 2 in-person meetings (can call in) and 2 conference call meetings.

Board-Member-at-Large Nomination
Beginning today, we invite anyone in the community, DuraSpace members or non-member, to nominate an individual who you believe would be a good representative of the community. All nominees must be from DuraSpace member organizations (see full list here: Board-Member-at-Large candidates should be at the senior management level at their organizations, and have fiscal and staffing responsibility. And of course, they will, in your judgment, be able to bring the commitment, creativity, and dedication that the role calls for. Self-nominations are welcome and you may submit more than one nomination. Please submit your nomination/s using this form by April 3, 2015.

Next Steps
At the end of the nomination process individuals nominated will be asked to confirm their interest in serving and to submit a brief personal statement. The election will take place in April, with each Member organization’s Community Liaison casting a vote based on the direction of their management. We will send additional instructions at the start of the election period.

If you have any questions about the Board-Member-at-Large nomination and election process please Valorie Holliser at <>.


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