Members of the Alabama A&M University Family:
You may be aware that Section 16-49-20 of the Code of Alabama, which contains a portion of the enabling statute which governs Alabama A&M University, created a nominating committee to select a list of three persons to submit to Governor Robert Bentley as candidates to fill vacancies which may occur on the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees ("Board"). At the request of Governor Bentley, the Nominating Committee is being reactivated to receive nominations and make recommendations to the Governor to fill a vacancy on the Board of Trustees for Alabama A&M University.
The vacancies to be filled relate to the First Congressional District, as constituted on September 5, 1975, for a full new term. The current term for this position expires January 31, 2014.
In our effort to ensure a fully open, inclusive, and transparent process, we are opening the nomination period to search for and select three (3) nominees for this vacancy on the Board. The time within which the Nominating Committee must act is short. We encourage all interested individuals to apply, or nominate a qualified individual, by submitting a nomination letter, resume, and any letters of support through one of two methods:
1. Submit all nomination information electronically (link will be available March 5, 2014); or,
2. Submit nomination information via hard copy (if you do not have access to the Internet or email) to the Board's attorney Rod Steakley at Sirote & Permutt, PC, ATTN: Ms. Alicia Ford, 305 Church Street, Suite 800, Huntsville, Alabama, 35801, Telephone: 256-518-3607, Fax: 256-518-3681.
Please note that your nomination letter, resume, and any letters of support must be submitted and received by 5:00pm CDT on March 12, 2014.
The Nominating Committee is looking for leaders who are forward-looking, service-oriented and committed to furthering Alabama A&M University’s instruction, research and extension missions. After we receive nominations, the Nominating Committee is currently scheduled to meet on March 17, 2014, to select nominees. If the Committee elects to have further meetings or to conduct interviews in connection with this process, these dates will be announced at a later date. The Nominating Committee consists of one member from the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees, one member of the Alabama A&M University family selected jointly by the Faculty Senate and the Staff Senate, the president of Alabama A&M University's Student Government Association, a representative designated by the President of the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Madison County Legislative Delegation as selected by the delegation, the president of the National Alumni Association, and a community representative selected by other members of the Nominating Committee. The Committee will select three individuals for each vacancy to submit to Goernor Bentley with the goal to submit names to the governor by March 17, 2014.
Please review the following requirements applicable to those that apply or are nominated to serve on the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees:
For the First Congressional District position, must be a resident of that district, as constituted on September 5, 1975
Cannot be an employee of Alabama A&M University, other than the faculty senate president
Cannot be a member of the Board Nominating Committee
Cannot be a member of the governing board,
Cannot be an officer of any public post-secondary educational institution, and
Cannot be an elected or appointed official having the power of review of the Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University budget, other than the Governor
Please direct any questions you may have to the Office of the Board of Trustees at 256-518-3607 or email@example.com. I am honored to serve as Governor Bentley’s Chairman of the Nominating Committee. Thank you for your assistance as we work diligently to select the men and women who will contribute to moving Alabama A&M University forward, thereby ensuring its efficacy and long-term viability.
I.C. (Chris) Robinson III
Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees
Chairman, Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees Nominating Committee
See original document with signature here.