About NACA - Board of Directors: Purpose and Role

2022-23 Board photoNACA's board of directors are made up of nine volunteers of current school member institutions. They exist to serve the membership of the Association. The board works together as a team to strategize, plan, and oversee NACA's future health and viability.  The board consist of three officers – chair, chair-elect, and immediate past chair, who also serves as Treasurer, and six directors.

Board members are the Association leaders who guide the organization towards a vibrant and sustainable future by adopting and adhering to sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies. Board members are responsible for making sure the Association has adequate resources to advance its mission. 

The board of directors has three primary legal duties known as the "duty of care," "duty of loyalty," and "duty of obedience."

  1. Duty of Care: take care of the Association by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will;
  2. Duty of Loyalty: ensure that NACA's activities and transactions are, first and foremost, advancing our mission; Recognize and disclose conflicts of interest; Make decisions that are in the best interest of the Association; not in the best interest of the individual board member (or any other individual or entity).
  3. Duty of Obedience: ensure that the Association obeys applicable laws and regulations; follows its own bylaws; and that NACA adheres to our stated mission. 

However, a board of directors does not exist solely to fulfill legal duties and serve as a fiduciary of the Association's assets. Board members also play very significant roles providing guidance to NACA by contributing to the organization's culture, strategic focus, effectiveness, and financial sustainability, as well as serving as ambassadors and advocates.  The board does not supervise the staff, nor does the board plan or execute the operational activities of the Association.

If you are interested in serving on the board, please connect with a current board member to learn more about the board's competencies, responsibilities and election process.

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