September 21, 2014

Call for Commissioner Nominations


ABHES BULLETIN

This is notification of commissioner positions available for the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) for election by the membership and appointment by the Commission. 

To assure that ABHES maintains the blend of commissioner credentials and experience required by its recognition by the United States Department of Education, the Bylaws describe specific, required qualifications with each of the eleven seats on the Commission.  The terms of office of four current commissioners will expire on June 30, 2010.  The four seats to be filled and the specific necessary qualifications to hold each of these is as follows:

Elected Seats 3 and 4 – Ownership Representative. Requires current status as: (i) a sole or majority owner of a member institution or sponsoring institution holding programmatic accreditation, (ii) a member of the board of directors, a trustee, or an officer of a member institution or sponsoring institution holding programmatic accreditation owned or operated by a nonprofit entity; (iii) a person who owns a sufficient interest in a member institution or sponsoring institution holding programmatic accreditation that functions as a partnership or privately held corporation and who, therefore, has a direct and abiding interest in its performance and the quality of education it offers; OR (iv) an officer of a publicly held corporation that owns a member institution or sponsoring institution holding programmatic accreditation.  (Two seats available)

Appointed Seat 1 – Practitioner in Specialty Area. Must be currently and primarily employed as a health –care-related specialist in a field for which ABHES is recognized as a programmatic accreditor by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.  (One seat available)

Appointed Seat 4 – Public Member. An individual who is neither a health care–related practitioner nor directly affiliated with health care–related education as defined in the Glossary of Definitions to the ABHES Accreditation Manual as provided for in the Secretary of Education’s Recognition Regulations for Accrediting Agencies, 34 C.C.R § 602.3. (One seat available)

Requirements and Responsibilities of an ABHES Commissioner

In order to conduct ABHES business effectively, commissioners meet and participate in several activities throughout the year.

i. Attendance at 2, 4-day Commission meetings.
ii. Participation on at least one commissioner committee.
iii. Participation in the annual conference.
iv. Regular electronic- and/or telephone-accessed meetings and electronic voting.

Candidates for commissioner positions possess strong verbal and written communication skills and a working knowledge of computer technology as regular access to school files and participation in other activities remotely is necessary.

Commission meetings are typically held in July and early December and additional special meetings may be called as deemed necessary. The annual conference is typically held in February. Travel expenses for all Commission-related activities are reimbursed by ABHES with a modest honorarium provided for Commission meeting attendance. A commitment, willingness, and ability to give a substantial amount of time devoted to Commission activities outside of the scheduled Commission meetings is essential. Additionally, a sincere commitment to higher education, combined with high standards of integrity and impartiality, is mandatory.  A signed statement regarding conflicts of interest and confidentiality is required prior to a commissioner taking office.

Process

The Commissioner Nominating Committee invites you to nominate qualified individuals for the positions described above, for 3-year terms beginning July 1, 2010.  The process for consideration of nominees, as outlined in the ABHES bylaws, is as follows.

Following the Commissioner Nominating Committee’s consideration, the Executive Director will notify any nominee who was deemed not to meet the requirements to serve in the open seat(s) as an elected commissioner. Qualified candidates for election will be interviewed by the Commissioner Nominating Committee and placed on the ballot for commissioner elections. Voting will be conducted by electronic ballot and in person, on Wednesday, February 10, during ABHES’ Annual Membership Meeting, prior to the start of the National Conference on Allied Health Education at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Following the outcome of the elections, the Executive Director will provide to the Commissioner Nominating Committee nominations to consider for the appointed seats. Following the Commissioner Nominating Committee’s consideration, the Executive Director will notify any nominee who was deemed not to meet the requirements to serve in the open seat(s) as an appointed commissioner. Qualified candidates for appointment will be interviewed by the Commissioner Nominating Committee and placed on the ballot. Voting by the Commission shall be by secret ballot in a manner and time determined by the Executive Director.

Nomination Requirements

A letter of nomination and current curriculum vitae for the nominee must be forwarded to Carol Moneymaker, Executive Director, at cmoneymaker@abhes.org no later than January 5, 2010.  Nominations received after that date will not be considered.

Information regarding ABHES, including a listing of current commissioners, can be found by visiting www.abhes.org.

As always, ABHES appreciates your consideration of this matter and looks forward to your assistance in identifying the best individuals to fill these positions.  Please contact me directly at cmoneymaker@abhes.org or 866.463.0717 with any questions.