Accounting Program Leadership Group Bylaws
(Approved by Membership July 2, 1993, amended 1995, 1998, 2008, 2013, and May 30, 2018)
- Name of Organization
- The Purposes and Objectives of the Section Are
- The Board of Governors
- Duties of the Board of Governors
- Standing Committees
- Nomination and Elections Procedures
I. Name of Organization.The name of this organization is the Accounting Program Leadership Group (APLG) Section of the American Accounting Association.
II. The Purposes and Objectives of the Section Are to be a resource and voice for the accounting program leadership community.
III. Membership. All persons who pay the annual dues levied by this Section, subject to the rules of the American Accounting Association, can be members of the Section. There will be two (2) classes of membership: (1) Regular Members and (2) Life Members.
Regular members of the Section are eligible to vote, hold office, and participate fully in all activities of the Section.
Life membership in the APLG Section may be awarded on an individual basis by the Board of Governors of the Section. Life Members have all the rights of a Regular Section member.
IV. Dues. Dues will be determined by the APLG Section Board of Governors and will be recommended to the APLG Section membership for its approval. Dues categories will be structured to reflect the Section strategy and to increase participation of classes of individuals facing varying economic conditions.
V. The Board of Governors.The Board of Governors of the APLG Section will consist of President, President-Elect, Past President, Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President–Constituent Engagement, Vice-President–Leadership Development, Vice-President–Program and Organizational Value, Historian, Council Representative, and at least three (3) professional firm members. The Board members are responsible for directing the affairs of the Section and formulating the plans, policies, rules, and procedures they consider necessary to achieve the Section mission.
VI. Duties of the Members of the Board of Governors
President. The President serves a one (1) year term. The President is responsible for administering the affairs of the Section. The President will act as chair of the Board of Governors and will preside at all meetings of the Section. Except for committee members previously appointed to terms that have not yet expired, the President has the authority to appoint members to committees and task forces, and, at his/her discretion, to remove members of committees and task forces.
President-Elect. The President-Elect is elected for a one (1) year term. The duty of the President-Elect is to assist the President in administering the affairs of the Section.
Past President. The Past President will serve in that office for one (1) year. The duties of the Past President include advising the President, as needed, and serving on the APLG Nominations Committee.
Secretary-Treasurer. The Secretary-Treasurer is elected for a two (2) year term. The duty of the Secretary-Treasurer is to supervise the keeping of records of Section meetings, policies, and procedures. In addition, the Secretary-Treasurer will work with AAA professional staff relative to collection and disbursement of Section funds. The Secretary-Treasurer will report to the Board of Governors at its meetings on the financial affairs of the Section and will provide that information for dissemination to the Section members.
Vice-President–Constituent Engagement. The Vice President–Constituent Engagement is elected for a two (2) year term. The duty of the Vice President–Constituent Engagement is to chair the Section Constituent Engagement Committee.
Vice-President–Leadership Development. The Vice President–Leadership Development is elected for a two (2) year term. The duty of the Vice President–Leadership Development is to chair the Section Leadership Development Committee.
Vice-President–Program and Organizational Value. The Vice President–Program and Organizational Value is elected for a two (2) year term. The duty of the Vice President–Program and Organizational Value is to chair the Annual APLG Section Seminar.
Historian. The Historian serves a two (2) year term and is appointed by the President. The Historian is an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board of Governors. The duties of the Historian are to maintain an up-to-date history of Section activities, to provide historical perspective at Board of Governors meetings, and aids in providing continuity to the Section.
Council Representative. The Council Representative serves a three (3) year term and is eligible for one (1) additional three (3) year term. The duty of the Council Representative is to report in a timely manner all relevant Council meeting information to the Board of Governors.
Practice Board Members. At least three (3) members representing the professional service firms will each serve two (2) year terms. The duties of the Practice Board Members are to provide guidance and support for the Section mission.
Filling of Vacancies. In the event that a member of the Board of Governors, other than the President, is unable to serve the full term, the duties will be assigned to another person selected by the President. When the President cannot serve, then the duties will be assumed by the most recent Past President who is willing to serve. When the President-Elect is not able to serve, the APLG Section Nominations Committee will nominate another candidate who will be affirmed by a vote of the membership.
VII. Standing Committees
Advisory Board. The officers of the Section will be guided in their duties by an Advisory Board. In addition, the Advisory Board will propose changes in the bylaws for submission to the members of the Section for approval. The Advisory Board will consist of two (2) Past Presidents and two (2) other members elected by the Section. The chair of the Advisory Board will be appointed by the Nominations Committee.
Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee duties include soliciting candidates from the membership for open offices and preparing a slate of at least one (1) candidate for each of the open offices. It will consist of two (2) Past Presidents (the most senior of whom will chair the committee) and two (2) other elected persons. Members of the APLG Section Nominations Committee are not eligible for nomination to any APLG Section office while serving on the Committee.
VIII. Nomination and Elections Procedures.The slate will be posted 30 days in advance of the election and will include at least one (1) name for each position. Additional nominations may be made by a petition signed by 15 members of the APLG Section submitted to the President 15 days prior to the beginning of the election. Persons so nominated must previously have agreed to serve if elected. The membership of the Section will be notified prior to the election of the nominations made by petition. All elections will be conducted by mail, facsimile, or electronic vote. All members of the APLG Section are eligible to vote.
IX. Publications.The Section may publish newsletters, proceedings, working papers, monographs, journals, teaching aids, and other materials consistent with the purposes and objectives of the Section.
X. Amendment.Amendments to the bylaws of the APLG Section may be proposed by the Advisory Board, Board of Governors, or a petition signed by 15 APLG members submitted to the Board of Governors 45 days prior to the start of voting. Notice of amendments to the bylaws of the APLG Section to be presented for vote will be given to the members 30 days prior to the vote. All members of the APLG Section are eligible to vote. The bylaws of the APLG Section may be amended by an affirmative vote of the majority of those members who return ballots by mail, facsimile, or electronic vote.