The IEEE Board electioneers for Amendment

The IEEE Board at its January meeting passed a motion advocating members to vote for the constitutional amendment and have used IEEE resources (staff and electronic channels) to promote this — that is to say, electioneering using IEEE resources, an action prohibited for IEEE office elections.  Below are the six points made by the Board, and observations from the Loyal Opposition. (Jim Isaak so far)

  1. Provide members with the possibility of an increased role selecting the Board of Directors, allowing directors to be elected by the full eligible voting membership of IEEE.
    • This comes at the expense of IEEE membership as a requirement for Board seats.
    • Also with the elimination of “designated” seats by geographical and technical affiliation
  2. Add language encouraging a diverse Board of Directors.
    • While eliminating language that mandates both technical and geographic diversity — Regional and Technical Directors
  3. Add the IEEE executive director, the most senior IEEE staff executive, as a non-voting member of the Board to participate from inception in setting the strategic direction of IEEE.
    • An individual who is always active in every Board meeting except when questions are raised about the suitability of this person for continuing in this role, and salary compensation issues — There is no need for this elevated influence, and solid experience in IEEE and other non-profits that speaks against it.
  4. Separate the role of an IEEE delegate from an IEEE director, so that directors need not also be delegates.
    •  Delegates are the constitutionally defined representatives of the members, both technical and geographical — in short, the Board of Directors  need no longer be technically or geographically connected to the IEEE membership.
  5. Separate the requirement that corporate officers must also be directors. This will allow corporate officers as currently defined to serve in important leadership positions other than on the Board of Directors.
    • The Board is the most powerful role in IEEE — current Board members include officers like the Secretary and Treasurer; but also key IEEE leaders like VP of MGA, VP of TAB, President of IEEE-USA, President of IEEE-Standards Association — these are the voices being removed from the Board.
  6. Establish a new role for IEEE delegates, who are members of the IEEE Assembly, to recommend and consult with the Board on revisions to IEEE Bylaws.
    • The Bylaws currently (and continue) to require only a 30 day notice of change – the Assembly has ALWAYS had visibility of these since they all sit on the Board as well. So the changes remove the Assembly’s voice in by-law changes, while allowing the Board structure to be defined by by-law changes with minimal visibility and no transparency to the IEEE membership or volunteers.