The governance committee is responsible for perpetuating board effectiveness, maximum participation and performance through the careful identification and appointment of new board members, continuing education of the board and providing for appropriate feedback through annual self-assessment. Identification of well-qualified candidates will result from a carefully planned process designed to obtain influential, knowledgeable, and representative leadership from the organization.

Specific activities include:

Assure Strong Board Structure
Ensure that a rotation system is outlined in the by-laws and followed;
Review and update board job descriptions that include what is expected of individual board members;
Establish and monitor policies for board performance, such as confidentiality, meeting attendance, participation on committees and Conflict of Interest Policy compliance. Periodically update policies as needed; and Review the bylaws periodically and update as needed. Perpetuate Leadership:
Assess Board demographic and geographic composition and skills in terms of short- and long-term needs in order to accomplish future work of the board;
Coordinate the identification and nomination of potential board members;
Oversee the recruitment process to determine best candidates to recommend for board service;
Identify and nominate officers of the board; and
Recommend suitable candidates for appointment by the board to fill any vacancies that occur between elections; Board Education:
Design and help implement a process of board orientation, including information prior to election as a board member and information needed during the first cycle of board activity for new board members;
Implement board development and growth opportunities throughout the year through ongoing board education and training; and
Review annually the need for a board retreat and if a retreat is deemed necessary, work with appropriate committees in planning and implementing the board retreat.

Board Assessment

Establish an ongoing process for annual board self-evaluation;
Lead the periodic assessment of the board’s performance; propose, as appropriate, changes in board structure, roles, and responsibilities