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Practice : Winter 2009
alumni association Revises bylaws Questions of interpretation were periodically raised; the Alumni Board has per formed an ex tensive review of the bylaws. alUmNI aSSOcIaTION bOaRD WElcOmES NEW mEmbERS The Alumni Association tallied ballots and announced election results at the Annual Meeting on October 15th, 2008. David Silverman ’94 B.Arch, AIA , has assumed the presidency, having served as Vice President for the past two years. The other officers and Board members elected are listed below. Officers Vice President: Robert J. Verrier ’67 (BAC), AIA , NCARB ; Vice President , Managing Part ner and Co-Founder of The Architectural Team, an award winning design firm, Chelsea, Mass. Secretar y: Karen Walls ’02, Cer tificate in Decorative Arts; New England Sales and Business Development Manager for Rogers & Goffigon, Ltd., a luxury fabric/textile manufacturer. Directors (new) David F. Jaquith ’69 (BAC), AIA; President of David F. Jaquith Architects & Planne rs , an archi- tectural and interior design fi rm , Beverly, Mass. Directors (re-elected) Karen L. Schacht ’92 B.Arch; Principal, C .N . Carley Associates, Concord, N .H .; Arto V. Kurkjian ’82 B.Arch, AIA; Construction Administrator, CBT Architects, Boston. Mirroring the record-high turnout in November’s nationa l election s, this year’s Alumni Association election drew a rec ord- high 217 votes. In addition to the slate of officers and directors, the ballot included proposed revisions to the bylaws , which were un animously approved. Jerry Couto ’84 B.Arch, AIA, explains that questions rega rding interpretation of the bylaws were raised from time to time, and the Board decided that it was time to do a n extensive revie w. Jerry chaired the Subc ommittee on Govern anc e that spent three months revie wing a nd recommending changes to the bylaws. He sums up the changes this way: • The majority of changes were simple “ house- keeping” a nd did not change the intention of the bylaws. Time was spent reviewing wording and clarifying a mbiguous area s, strengthening the language and, generally, ma king the bylaws more ea sily understood. • Changes were made to include areas of respon sibility that were previously not included or were in need of rewriting due to evolution in the method in which the Board manages its responsibilities. • Specifically, the Mission Statement was e xpanded and one section wa s completely rewritten; Rob ert’s Rule s of Order were a dopted a s the standard for conducting meetings and attendance requirements were spelled out. • The Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities was added as a standing committee of the Board. • Language to allow the nomination of a special director was included a nd a s ection spelling out eligibility for reelection wa s included. To read the bylaws, visit: www.the-bac.edu alUmNI NEWS ] alUmNI aSSOcIaTION UpDaTES bob verrier Jerr y couto pRacTIcE 45