Annual Elections

Annual elections for membership on the American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) Board of Trustees and Council of Scholars are held at the Annual Board meeting. The Nominating Committee, composed of three Board members, solicits recommendations for candidates from eligible AALE members, individual AALE members (i.e., Board of Trustees members and Council of Scholars members), and any other organization approved by the AALE Board. A notice for public members is posted on the website. A slate is sent to all Board members 30 days prior to the Annual Board Meeting.


2016 Annual Elections: June 10, 2016

  • The Nominating Committee actively seeks nominations for public members to the AALE Board of Trustees from the public-at-large. These nominations must reach the Nominating Committee by February 11, 2016.

What is a public member?

According to the AALE Bylaws (rev. 2010), Article IV.2: “At least one in every seven members of the Board of Trustees must be a public member. A “member of the public” must not be: (1) an employee, member of the governing board, owner, shareholder of, or consultant to, an institution or program that is either accredited or preaccredited by the Academy, or which has applied for preaccreditation or accreditation by the Academy; (2) a member of any association or organization related to, affiliated with, or associated with the agency; or a spouse, parent, child or sibling of an individual as defined in (1) or (2). The public members shall hold a baccalaureate degree or higher but shall not be employed in academia or retired from a professional career in academia.

They [“public members”] must also demonstrate an understanding of the purposes of liberal education. This can be demonstrated through the individual’s own educational experience, such as having graduated from a liberal arts college or a liberal arts program at a comprehensive college or university, or through the individual’s personal, professional or scholarly affiliations, associations, and activities that are related to one or more aspects of liberal education. Public members of the Board of Trustees may be sought for their professional competencies in areas relevant to the Academy, management and advancement of the organization, such as law, accounting, financial management, public or political relations, regulatory compliance, or evaluation and monitoring."


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