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OFFICERS  (est. June 2017)

The FSU Board of Directors  Responsibilities : 

  • Determine mission and purpose. It is the board's responsibility to create and review a statement of mission and purpose that articulates the organization's goals, means, and primary constituents served. Select the chief executive. Boards must reach consensus on the chief executive's responsibilities and undertake a careful search to find the most qualified individual for the position.  Support and evaluate the chief executive. The board should ensure that the chief executive has the moral and professional support he or she needs to further the goals of the organization. Ensure effective planning. Boards must actively participate in an overall planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the plan's goals. Monitor and strengthen programs and services. The board's responsibility is to determine which programs are consistent with the organization's mission and monitor their effectiveness. Ensure adequate financial resources. One of the board's foremost responsibilities is to secure adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission.  Protect assets and provide proper financial oversight. The board must assist in developing the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place. Build a competent board. All boards have a responsibility to articulate prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluate their own performance.​ Insure legal and ethical integrity. The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.​ Enhance the organization's public standing. The board should clearly articulate the organization's mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the community.


  • Club Officers: The Board officers should ensure the club is meeting the requirements of the charter and by-laws. They should also provide new ideas for club operations, events, and programs, draw up an annual schedule for club activities, approve monthly minutes and the treasurer's reports, and select alumni to fill terms of office when vacancies occur.








  • President: The president must be a good organizer, motivator, person of action, public speaker and also interested in the University. The president serves as an ex-officio member of all committees, presides at all club meetings, meetings of the board of directors, and is invited to attend any and all Club Presidents meetings or conference calls scheduled by the University's Office of Alumni Relations.







  • Vice President: The vice president assists the president in the performance of all duties and presides in the president’s absence. The vice president should work closely with the program committee to be sure that the club meetings and events are interesting and well planned. Usually, the vice president will become the next club president.







​​                                        Carol Cunningham '87


  • Executive Administrator(EA): The  EA takes minutes of all club meetings and should provide the University with timely and complete information on club activities by submitting a required annual report to the Association and the University's Office of Alumni Relations. This report shall include a list of activities and events held by the club during the year in question, names of registrants at activities and events (where possible), the current paid membership list, and a roster of current officers and directors with their terms of office specified and other information deemed necessary by the Office of Alumni Relations to aid in the quantification and analysis of alumni activity.


  • Financial Manager: The treasurer handles club funds, pays the clubs bills, and keeps records of all financial transactions. The treasurer oversees the club’s bank account and should submit a report on the club's assets at every board meeting. The treasurer is also required to complete the annual financial statement for the University’s yearly review by the deadline established by the Office of Alumni Relations.





                                                    ​Benjamin I. Green,  "08

  • Advisor (Past President):  The Advisor will offer guidance to the new president and other Board members as necessary. He/She will continue to set-up opportunities for FSU to grow. In-house Mentor.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Eve Marsan '96

Margaret Crawford '01​

Committee Chairs 

Club operations require the completion of many important tasks. Responsibility for those tasks is shared by club members who are delegated to serve on various committees. Most clubs find it useful to involve as many members as possible by forming various committees. These can include: programming committee, membership committee, scholarship committee, nominating committee, publicity committee and communications committee. Following are some suggestions committees can be charged with. 

Programming Committee 

This committee plans the content of the year’s meetings in cooperation with the club’s officers and board. The committee is responsible for seeing that the plans for each meeting are executed, including arranging a location, reservations, set-up, and registration. 

Membership Committee 

This committee develops ways to solicit new members for the club. It is recommended that the committee review the club by-laws and determine if club membership is open to non-alumni. 

Scholarship Committee 

This committee directs club activities that raise money to provide scholarship funds for students to attend SU. (See Scholarships section.) 

Public Relations/Marketing Committee 

This committee is responsible for publicizing all club events. This includes coordinating the email blasts through the University, posting the event to the Regional Calendar, and sharing it on social media outlets: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. (See Communicating with your Constituents) 

Nominating Committee 

This committee handles the critical task of obtaining new leadership. A successful club will identify potential leaders and have a succession plan in place. For example, the current VP, after fulfilling their term, is eligible to be the next president or look to successful committee chairs as potential officers.