Article VIII – Officers of the Faculty Council

Section 1

The Officers of the Faculty Council shall be a Chair, a Vice-Chair or Past Chair, and a Secretary-Treasurer.  The Chair shall serve for a two-year term, or until a successor is installed.  A Vice-Chair shall be elected to serve during the second year of the Chair’s term, and shall succeed the Chair in office at the end of that time. Until a new Vice-Chair is elected and installed, the immediate Past Chair shall assume the duties of Vice-Chair.  The immediate Past Chair may be not a candidate for Vice-chair until at least one year after the expiration of his or her term as Past Chair.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected to serve a two-year term, and may be elected to serve no more than two consecutive terms.

Section 2

Faculty of professorial rank who, at the time of the election, have served as Council representatives, alternates, Secretary-Treasurer of the Council, or chairs of the various standing committees of the Faculty Council at least one year during the four-year period preceding the election, are eligible for election as officers. Members of the Nominating Committee are not eligible for election as officers of the Faculty Council during the period for which they are elected to serve.

Section 3

The Vice-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected by the members of the Faculty Assembly by confidential electronic or written ballot.

Section 4

Candidates for office shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee pursuant to Article XIII, Section 2.

Section 5

The candidate receiving a majority of the votes cast shall be elected.  If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, a run-off election shall be held between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes.

Section 6

Upon installation, officers shall cease to represent a particular School or College, and these vacancies shall be filled pursuant to Article IX, Section 7.

Section 7

Officers shall be installed at the May meeting of the Faculty Council, or as soon as is practical after that time.

Section 8

A vacancy in the office of Chair that occurs before the duly elected successor has served for six months as Vice-Chair shall be temporarily filled by the immediate Past Chair, until the Vice-Chair has been in office for six months. If a Vice-Chair has not yet been elected when a vacancy in the office of Chair occurs, a vacancy in the office of Vice-Chair shall be declared.  A vacancy in the office of Vice-Chair or Secretary-Treasurer shall be filled by an interim election by the Faculty Council.  This action shall be presented for ratification at the next meeting of the Assembly, or at the next referendum, if sooner.   Ratification shall be by a simple majority of the votes cast.