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2022 House of Delegates: Voting Results

The House of Delegates recently approved two new business items:

  • Motion 1: Grant real estate transaction authority to the Board of Directors to sell ASSP’s headquarters building in Park Ridge, IL.
  • Motion 2: Approve revised bylaws enacting the governance changes approved by the Board of Directors.

Survey and Ballot Systems, an independent third-party partner that supported the voting process and distributed ballots to all delegates on record, verified the results.

View voting report

Next Steps

Based on the approval of the real estate motion, the Board of Directors and staff are now working to complete the sale of the Park Ridge, IL, property.

In addition, with the governance motion approved, we are in the process of updating the bylaws on the website and beginning the process of implementing the advisory group and its operations. To prepare for the 2022-23 program year, we will begin actively recruiting at-large members of the advisory group soon. 

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Governance Proposal Background

The governance proposal was introduced to members in mid-2021. We then conducted a series of listening sessions and solicited member questions. This feedback informed several changes to the proposal. Additional changes and details were incorporated into the final proposal based on the results of a survey to delegates and chapter presidents to validate feedback received. These changes are reflected in the final voting packages linked above.

We have posted additional background information and FAQs on our governance proposal background webpage.

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Repositioning ASSP for Success

In January 2021, we formed a Governance Task Force to guide the development of the recommended strategy and action plan to modernize the Society’s governance, systems and structures so ASSP can make business decisions more swiftly and deliver member value more efficiently. Their work was informed by research and insights from member and staff experience and external expertise.

The members of the task force were Lindsay Bell, Wyatt Bradbury, Abby Ferri, Lori Frederic, Matt Herron, Monique Parker, Jose Perez, Rick Pollock, Kathy Seabrook and Royal Willard. These members represent our diverse member community in many ways. Brad Giles, 2020-21 President-Elect, and Christine Sullivan, 2020-21 Senior Vice President, co-chaired the task force. Deb Roy, 2020-21 President, and CEO Jennifer McNelly were ex-officio members.

Governance News

  • Governance Presentation

    ASSP's Association Governance: We're Listening and Learning

    Oct 05, 2021
    In this video from the Sept. 28, 2021, House of Delegates meeting, learn what the Board of Directors has heard from members, delegates and leaders during the listening sessions about the proposed governance change.
  • Governance Presentation

    ASSP's Association Governance: Where We Started

    Oct 05, 2021
    Watch this video from the Sept. 28, 2021, House of Delegates meeting to learn more about the drivers for governance change and the process used by the task force to arrive at its recommendation.
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    Elevating Member Voice

    Sep 01, 2021
    ASSP President Brad Giles speaks about member feedback in response to a proposed governance change and shares some insights from members of the Governance Task Force. “We are excited about the potential of the at-large advisory group, and we are confident this change will best position ASSP for long-term success.”
  • SafetyFOCUS series

    Modernizing ASSP's Association Governance: Checks and Balances

    Aug 30, 2021
    ASSP Board member Thom Kramer discusses the strong checks and balances that are in place in the Society's governance and operating processes.