Frequently asked questions
Who can serve on the Board of Directors?
Article III – Membership, Section 9 c) states that:
“Only Registered Members who are verbatim stenographic reporters or Retired Members and Retired Lifetime Members who have been verbatim stenographic reporters or Honorary Members who have been verbatim stenographic reporters shall be eligible to hold an elective office of the Association."
What other factors does the nominating committee look for in a candidate?
The following are a few factors that may be considered when selecting a board candidate but are not required.
- State board service
- Years in the profession
- Professional background and experience
- Commitment to profession
- Special expertise
- Geographical diversity
- Service on other related boards
- Advanced NCRA certifications
- Education and/or training
- NCRA committee service
- Leadership qualities and experience
- Business experience
- Excellent communication skills
Does any officer automatically ascend to a higher office?
The only office that is an automatic ascension is President Elect to President as outlined in the following section of the NCRA Bylaws.
Article VI, Officers, Section 2 - Election, Qualifications, and Term of Office, states:
“The Officers (except the President, the Immediate Past President, and the Assistant Secretary-Treasurer) shall be elected each year by the Voting Members. The term of each elected Officer shall begin at the close of the annual business meeting at which the Officer was elected and the Officer shall serve until the Officer’s successor is elected. No elected Officer shall serve for more than one full term in the same office except the Secretary-Treasurer, who may serve for no more than three (3) consecutive terms. The President-Elect shall automatically succeed to the office of President at the completion of the President’s term of office."
Is the nominating committee required to choose from the candidates presented to them?
The Nominating Committee may choose not to select a particular candidate even though they may be the only candidate presented to the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is obligated to nominate the person or persons who, in its judgment, is best qualified to serve, even if that person(s) was not identified in the solicitation process for candidates. Ultimately it is the Nominating Committee’s duty to select the best candidates to serve NCRA and its members’ interests. There is a readily available process for members to make additional nominations if they disagree with the selection of nominees by the Nominating Committee.
Is the nominating committee process the only way to get on the ballot?
No. Any one hundred (100) Voting Members, no more than twenty-five (25) of whom are located in any one state, may submit a nomination for any of the offices to be filled by preparing and forwarding to the Executive Director a written nomination to be received within 60 days after publication of the Nominating Committee slate. If there are two or more nominations on the ballot, it must be specified which of the nominees proposed by the Nominating Committee is being opposed. (Reference Constitution & Bylaws Article VIII, Section 3)