The APS Foundation promotes and enhances the educational experience and professional development of APS members, which are outside the normal operating budget of APS, through innovative initiatives providing growth and opportunities in the field of plant pathology in support of the sustainable production of an affordable, safe and secure food, feed, fuel and fiber supply.
To carry out its responsibilities, the Foundation Board shall be comprised of the following:
· The Chair
· Incoming Chair, at least one year prior to starting chair position
· 7 board members (four appointed by Council and three appointed by the Board).
· The APS Treasurer (ex officio, non-voting)
· The APS Executive Vice President (ex officio, non-voting)
· A representative of the Graduate Student committee, typically the committee chair (ex officio, voting)
Four board members are selected by APS Council, typically from nominees submitted by the Board, and three are appointed by the Foundation Board. Appointments are for three-year terms and are staggered so that two or three members rotate off annually at the APS annual meeting. Members may be appointed for no more than two consecutive terms followed by at least one year off the Board. At least one Board member shall represent industry. The Foundation Board Chair is elected by the Board members for a term of three years and may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
Officers of the Board
The officers of the Foundation are the Chair and Vice Chair. A recording secretary is appointed from the Board. The officers are elected from the voting members of the Board for a three-year term and may be re-elected to a second consecutive three-year term. The APS Treasurer is an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board and serves as a financial advisor to the Foundation Board and as a liaison to the APS Council. The duties of the officers are those customarily pertaining to these offices unless otherwise defined by the Board of the Foundation in their Bylaws.
General Responsibilities of the Board
The Board is responsible for the solicitation, investment, and distribution of the Foundation funds. These funds are maintained and invested separately from the normal operating budget of the society. The Board will function to:
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