When ASSP was founded in 1911, it enacted what was then a common structure that included a House of Delegates. The thinking at that time was that such bodies provided an important check and balance, as well as an opportunity for members to share their voice.
Since then, most modern associations have moved away from this type of structure. In fact, fewer than 5% of associations currently have a similar structure. This is because this approach doesn't reflect modern business practices and is often not a cost-effective or efficient way to engage member voice.
It's also important to note that many other checks and balances are in place in organizations like ASSP. These include systems like the election process, compliance with nonprofit law and accepted accounting practices, and annual independent financial audits.
ASSP CEO Jennifer McNelly, CAE, recently spoke with ASSP At-Large Director Thom Kramer, P.E., CSP, to get his insights on the checks and balances in place for ASSP and its members.
How Can Members Be Assured ASSP Has a Strong System of Checks and Balances?
The Role of Governance
To remain strong in a rapidly changing world, our governance model must provide business agility and create clear decision-making accountability while creating a year-round opportunity for member voice to inform and influence Society decisions.