Accounting Programs Leadership Group

APLG By-Laws

Approved by Membership July 2, 1993, amended 1995, 1998, 2008, and 2013.

  1. Name
    The name of this organization shall be Accounting Programs Leadership Group (APLG) - A Section of the American Accounting Association.

  2. Vision and Mission
    1. The Vision of the APLG is to be the premier resource and voice for the accounting program leadership community.

    2. The Mission of the APLG is to develop and support accounting program leaders.

    3. We will achieve our mission by developing, connecting, and representing our membership.
      1. Developing: Providing resources and programs to foster knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective accounting program leader.
      2. Connecting: Promoting and enabling mentoring, networking, and sharing of best practices among accounting program leaders.
      3. Representing: Interacting with external organizations on relevant issues.

  3. Membership
    1. Regular Membership.  Representation will be open to all members of the American Accounting Association at educational institutions accredited by the applicable regional accrediting association of colleges and secondary schools that offer accounting programs. Although membership is intended primarily for accounting program chairs and program leaders (e.g., undergraduate accounting program, master of accountancy, and doctoral accounting program directors), others who are interested in playing a leadership role in accounting education are encouraged to become members and participate.

    2. Professional Membership.  Representation will be open to all organizations that support the missions and goals of the APLG. Professional members of the APLG must be members of the American Accounting Association.

  4. Dues
    1. Dues for regular and professional members of the APLG will be determined by the Board of Governors (Board) and approved by a majority vote of the membership voting at a regularly scheduled business meeting or by electronic voting. A proposal to change the dues must be announced to the membership, in writing, not less than 30 days prior to the beginning of the voting period.

    2. Dues will be collected by the AAA Administrative Office and reported to the APLG Secretary/Treasurer. All receipts will be deposited in an AAA bank account and disbursed upon authorization from the APLG President and/or Secretary/Treasurer.

  5. Officers and Duties
    1. President:  The President will serve a one-year term. The duties of the President include:
      1. Directing the affairs of the APLG and carrying out the programs formulated by the members with the advice of the Board;
      2. Assisting the Vice President – Organizational and Program Value in planning the APLG Annual Seminar and the APLG component of the AAA Annual Meeting;
      3. Presiding at APLG meetings and meetings of the Board;
      4. Making Regional Vice President and committee chair appointments with the advice of the Board;
      5. Coordinating the efforts of the Regional Vice Presidents;
      6. Working with the President of the AAA where appropriate; and
      7. Representing the APLG within the AAA and to all outside interests.

    2. President-Elect:  The President-Elect will be elected for a one-year term and, upon completion of his or her term as President-Elect, will become President. The duties of the President-Elect include:
      1. Assuming the duties of the President in the absence of the President;
      2. Assisting the Vice President Strategic Planning in monitoring and reporting on the APLG Strategic Plan;
      3. Working with the President and Vice President – Organizational and Program Value, to organize the APLG component of the AAA Annual Meeting;
      4. Recommending committee chair appointments to the President;
      5. Working with the Secretary/Treasurer to prepare the APLG annual budget; and
      6. Performing other duties assigned by the President.

    3. Past-President:  The Past-President will serve for one year immediately following his or her term as President. The duties of the Past-President include:
      1. Advising the President, as needed;
      2. Chairing the Nominations Committee; and
      3. TPerforming other duties assigned by the President.

    4. Vice President – Constituent Engagement:  The Vice President – Constituent Engagement will be elected for a two-year term. Duties of the Vice President – Constituent Engagement include:
      1. Chairing the Constituent Engagement Committee;
      2. Implementing and monitoring the Constituent Engagement Committee Charter (including reporting on progress and recommending changes to the Board);
      3. Planning and conducting meetings of the Constituent Engagement Committee; and
      4. Performing other duties assigned by the President.

    5. Vice President – Leadership Development:  The Vice President – Leadership Development will be elected for a two-year term. The duties of the Vice President – Leadership Development include:
      1. Chairing the Leadership Development Committee;
      2. Implementing and monitoring the Leadership Development Committee Charter (including reporting on progress and recommending changes to the Board);
      3. Planning and conducting meetings of the Leadership Development Committee; and
      4. Performing other duties assigned by the President.

    6. Vice President – Strategic Planning:  The Vice President – Strategic Planning: will be elected for a two-year term. The duties of the Vice President – Strategic Planning: include:
      1. Monitoring the implementation of the APLG strategic plan in consultation with the President – Elect;
      2. Leading an annual discussion of APLG’s strategic plan at a Board meeting designated by the President, including an evaluation of the appropriateness of its goals and strategies;
      3. Providing an annual strategic plan update to the membership in an APLG newsletter (or another appropriate media); and
      4. Recommending, when appropriate, a comprehensive review of the strategic plan by the Board and others. This is expected to occur at least every five years.

    7. Vice President – Organizational and Program Value:  The Vice President – Organizational and Program Value: will be elected for a two-year term. The duties of the Vice President – Organizational and Program Value: include:
      1. Chairing the Program Planning and Communications Committee;
      2. Implementing and monitoring the Program Planning and Communications Charter (including reporting on progress and recommending changes to the Board);
      3. Planning and conducting meetings of the Program Planning and Communications Committee;
      4. Working with the Chair of the Branding and Value Proposition Committee to provide guidance to that Committee’s efforts; and
      5. Performing other duties assigned by the President.

    8. Secretary/Treasurer:  The Secretary/Treasurer will be elected for a two-year term. The duties of the Secretary/Treasurer include:
      1. Supervising the keeping of records and minutes of APLG meetings and procedures;
      2. Recording and reporting on all Board and membership meetings;
      3. Providing notice of all Board and membership meetings;
      4. Preparing an annual budget with the President-Elect and with the advice and consent of the Board;
      5. Reporting information to the Board and membership about the APLG’s financial activities (and working with the AAA relative to collection and disbursement of APLG funds); and
      6. Performing any other duties prescribed by the Board.

    9. AAA Council Representative:  The APLG’s AAA Council Representative shall be elected for a two-year term. The duties of the AAA Council Representative include:
      1. Attending AAA Council meetings (if the AAA Council Representative is unable to attend a AAA Council meeting, the Board may send an alternate who will have all of the voting rights of an elected representative);
      2. Representing the views, concerns, and interests of APLG in AAA Council activities;
      3. Reporting relevant AAA Council meeting information to the APLG Board in a timely manner;
      4. Serving as Chair of the Strategic Alliances Committee; and>
      5. Performing any other duties prescribed by the Board.

    10. Regional Vice Presidents:   The APLG President will appoint a Regional Vice President from each of the AAA Regions. The Regional Vice Presidents will serve for two-year terms with about one-half being appointed each year. The duties of the Regional Vice Presidents include:
      1. Performing duties consistent with the APLG mission in their region as directed by the President;
      2. Directing the affairs of the APLG within their region and carrying out the regional programs formulated by the regional membership;
      3. Planning the regional meeting(s) of the APLG;
      4. Presiding at the Regional APLG meetings; and
      5. Reporting on regional activities to the Board.

  6. Board of Governors
    1. The Board of Governors consists of the President, President – Elect, Vice President – Constituent Engagement, Vice President – Leadership Development, Vice President – Strategic Planning, Vice President – Organizational and Program Value, Secretary/Treasurer, the most immediate Past President willing to serve, APLG's AAA Council Representative, and two professional members elected at-large who will serve two-year terms.

    2. The Board will decide upon specific ways to carry out the major policy decisions of the membership. The Board will meet at least annually.

    3. Meetings of the Board will be called by the President or at the written request of any six Governors to the Secretary/Treasurer. Notice of meetings of the Board will be made by the Secretary/Treasurer. A quorum will consist of six members.

  7. Standing Committees
    1. The APLG's standing committees are:
      1. Constituent Engagement (Chaired by Vice President – Constituent Engagement)
      2. Leadership Development (Chaired by Vice President – Leadership Development)
      3. Strategic Alliances (Chaired by AAA Council Representative)
      4. Program Planning and Communications (Chaired by the Vice President – Organizational and Program Value)
      5. Branding and Value Proposition
      6. Regional Vice Presidents

    2. Chairs.  The President will appoint a Chair for each committee (other than those committees chaired by a Vice President or APLG's AAA Council Representative). Chairs will serve a two-year term. Each Committee Chair will be an ex officio member of the APLG Board of Governors.

    3. Charters.  Each committee will develop a charter that will be approved by the Board.

    4. Members.  Committee members will be solicited from the APLG membership, recommended by committee chairs to the Board, and approved by the Board. Committee members will serve two-year terms.

  8. Membership Meetings
    1. The APLG may hold a meeting in conjunction with the APLG Annual Seminar and other meetings as called by the Board of Governors.  Notice of the time and place of APLG membership meetings will be e-mailed to all members by the Secretary/Treasurer or published in the Newsletter at least two months before any meeting.  All meetings will be considered to be regularly scheduled business meetings.

    2. A quorum at all duly called membership meetings will consist of those members present.  All matters coming before the membership at the annual and other regularly scheduled meetings will be decided by majority votes of those present.

    3. For purposes of conducting all membership meetings of the APLG, Robert's Rules of Order (latest edition) will apply wherein the by-laws do not specify procedure.  A parliamentarian will be appointed by the officer presiding at each meeting.

  9. Elections and Filling of Vacancies
    1. All elections of Officers, Board Members, and the Nominating Committee members will be by electronic ballot administered by the Secretary/Treasurer, with about one-half the Board elected each year
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    2. In the event the President is unable to serve, his or her duties will be assumed by the President-Elect.  In the event that the President – Elect, Vice President – Constituent Engagement, Vice President – Leadership Development, Vice President – Strategic Planning, Vice President – Organizational and Program Value, Secretary/Treasurer, the AAA Council Representative, a Board Member, Regional Vice President, or a Nominating Committee member is unable to serve, the President will appoint a member to complete the term until the next regular election.

  10. Nominating Committee
    1. The Nominating Committee will consist of the most immediate Past President willing to serve, the President, and three non-Board Members, elected by the membership for one-year terms. The Chairman of the Committee will be the Past President serving on the Committee.

    2. The Nominating Committee will nominate one individual for each elective position in the APLG. In addition, members in good standing may be nominated and their names placed on the ballot provided their nominations are submitted to the Past President by March 1 and are accompanied by a petition signed by fifteen members in good standing.

    3. The Nominating Committee's report and election ballots will be distributed electronically to all members no later than four months prior to the AAA Annual Meeting. Ballots must be completed within 30 days of notification of the beginning of the voting period to be included in the tabulation. Individuals receiving a majority of the votes cast, including write-ins, will be declared elected. Those elected will take office at the Board meeting held during the AAA's Annual Meeting.

  11. Compensation
    No officer or Board Member will receive any compensation in the form of honoraria, professional fees, stipends, etc., from the AAA or the APLG for the performance of duties as an Officer or Board Member.  Officers and Board Members may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in connection with their duties using the standard AAA expense reimbursement policy.

  12. Position Statements
    Position statements issued in the name of the APLG must be approved by a majority of the members’ votes cast in a ballot whenever time permits.  However, when time is of-the-essence and a ballot vote would be ineffective, the Board of Governors itself may develop a position statement or otherwise represent the interests of the APLG.

  13. Amendments
    Proposed amendments to these by-laws may be submitted to the President by any regular member in good standing.  Proposals accompanied by a petition signed by fifteen regular members in good standing will be submitted to the Secretary/Treasurer for ballot by the membership.  Proposals not accompanied by such a petition will be submitted to the President and by the President to the board at their next regular meeting.  Amendments approved by the Board will be submitted to the Secretary/Treasurer for ballot by the membership. Amendments will be adopted by an affirmative vote of the majority of those voting.  Voting may be done electronically or by mail.  Amendments will go into effect as soon as the results of the balloting are ratified by the Secretary/Treasurer and reported to the Board of Governors.

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