About the NIRSA Board of Directors

In NIRSA’s Future First Governance structure, the Board of Directors serves as the visionary leadership that strategically positions and drives the Association.

The Board is responsible for strategic planning, supervision of the Executive Director, oversight of fiduciary and legal responsibilities, establishing policy, and serving as sole shareholder of NIRSA Services Corporation.

Composition of the Board of Directors

The NIRSA Board of Directors is a seven person Board comprised of three officers in the Presidential Track positions (President, President Designee, and President Elect), three At-Large Directors, and a Board-elected Annual Director.

Position Descriptions

A position description has been developed and approved by the Board for the President Track, At-Large Director, and Annual Director positions. Please review the NIRSA Board of Directors Position Description when considering a leadership position on the Board.

Review Position Description

Strategic Areas of Focus

All Board of Director candidates should review the “Strategic Areas of Focus 2015-2018 & Information Relevant in Standing for Office” document. This document highlights intended strategic work during a potential 3-year term.

Review Strategic Areas of Focus

Nomination, Application and Election Process

The NIRSA Board of Directors were elected in 2016. Future applications are not currently being accepted


The Nominations & Appointments Committee recruits nominees, reviews applications and supporting materials, and determines the slate of candidates for the At-Large Director and Presidential Track positions on the NIRSA Board of Directors.

Candidates interested in serving in a Board position, are asked to submit an initial application, consisting of a resume and letter of application by September 30, 2015 to elections@nirsa.org. The committee will then invite finalists by ~October 21 to submit the full Board of Directors application package, due by November 4, 2015. The full application materials include a brief bio, answers to specific leadership questions, three references, a photo, and signed institutional support form.

The final slate of candidates will be approved by the current NIRSA Board and announced in December 2015. Electronic elections will occur between January 20 and February 1, 2016, with results announced shortly thereafter.


Please refer to the below FAQ, prepared by the Nominations & Appointments Committee.

If you have additional questions about the position description or election process, please feel free to contact the current Nominations & Appointments Committee Chair Stacey Hall, or any of the other Nominations & Appointments Committee members.

The Board of Directors is the visionary leadership that strategically positions and drives the Association. This model provides us the opportunity to “right size” roles and functions. The Board is responsible for strategic planning, establishing policy, supervising the Executive Director, overseeing fiduciary and legal responsibilities, and serving as the sole shareholder of the NSC. The responsibilities of the regions are now fulfilled through representatives in the Member Network. Board Members will also serve on a variety of NIRSA Committees or other Boards, such as the Nominations & Appointments Committee, Audit & Finance Committee, Foundation Board of Directors, Research Institute Advisory Committee, the Assembly, and the Member Network.
An elected member will serve as President in their third year of a three-year term rather than the second year. As indicated in #1 above, duties listed, as well as most qualifications, are consistent for all Board members. Some of the specific dynamics of the group will not be known, based upon the experience and skill sets of each member, until the elections are completed.
Seven directors serve on the Board of Directors in the following positions: President, President Designee, President Elect, At-Large Director (3), and Annual Director. The board may at times determine the need to add an additional Annual Director(s) based upon the strategic needs of the association.
Yes, you may submit for both Presidential track and At-Large Director positions. Indicate which position/s you are interested in the initial letter of application. Final candidates will be slated for one position only.
Serving on the Member Network as a Regional Representative, Regional Student Leader or a State/Provincial Representative. Talk to a member of the Member Network about the options and process.   Members interested in serving as a Member Network Region II, IV or VI Representative are asked to initially submit a current resume and letter of application that highlights how your experiences have prepared you for a NIRSA Leadership position.
Elections will be held electronically January 20-February 1, 2016. Consistent with the current bylaws, elections for Board positions will be completed by March 1 and Board Members take office on May 1, 2016.
Speeches are not currently part of the process or required of Board candidates. Instead, the candidate’s photo, bio and position statement (which are the answers to the questions on the application) are posted on the NIRSA website for members to review, for the month prior to elections.
Over the course of the year, Board members may spend 3-5 hours a week on NIRSA business. Within the Presidential track, this time may expand to 10-15 hours per week based on the time of the year and subject matter.

With the advent of the Member Network and Assembly, what was previously attended to by the NIRSA Board is now strategically spread over three groups comprised of over 40 NIRSA members. Responsibility for Member communications has shifted to the Member Network. The Assembly is a forward-thinking group that focuses on the needs of the profession (collegiate recreational). Segregating these duties allows the NIRSA Board to focus on strategic needs and priorities for NIRSA.

The very nature of our collective work will require travel and in person meetings. Within the duties of a Board member, there will be travel to strategically focused meetings such as a Summer Board meeting, Mid-year meeting, and the annual conference. Based on other assignments or new initiatives, Board members may travel to other meetings, conferences, or workshops. Careful scheduling has created shorter face-to-face meetings; and the use of technologies such as Oovoo and webinars will make some meetings virtual. Board members will also participate in twice monthly teleconference calls. For the Presidential track leadership positions, additional travel to ASAE and CHEMA, as well as other NIRSA representation on panels or other association conferences may be needed. (See description below)

Typical “time/travel requirements” will include:

  • Monthly teleconferences: 2-6 hours
  • Annual Conference meetings (approximately 7 days)
  • Summer meeting (approximately 3-4 days)
  • Mid-year meeting (approximately 3 days)
  • Other possible meetings: ASAE, CHEMA, various NIRSA workshops, etc (approximately 2-3 days each)
NIRSA covers travel expenses (airfare, mileage, meals, hotels) for business related travel that is assigned or mandated by the BOD. The exception is that a BOD member is typically responsible for travel expenses for “their” state/provincial or regional conferences.

NIRSA provides teleconferencing and stationery for BOD members. Institutions typically cover minor office supply expenses and incidentals. BOD positions are volunteer positions; a BOD member’s time is not reimbursed.

If you have questions about the application and supporting materials, please email the team at NIRSA Headquarters.