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2018 WPAOG nominating policy for Directors and Advisors

1.  The WPAOG Board of Directors operates to help the Association further the ideals and promote the welfare of West Point and to support and serve its graduates. The Board manages the affairs of the Association.

2. The WPAOG seeks interested and qualified graduates as nominees for the Board and for the Advisory Council, who will represent the varied and dynamic interests of the entire Long Gray Line.  

     a.  The Board of Directors shall have the sole responsibility for governing the affairs of the Association. Directors provide strategic vision with a broad policy focus.

     b.  The Advisory Council shall advise the Board of Directors on matters pertaining to the Association’s affairs. There are 3 classes of Advisors on the Advisory Council: Advisors-at-Large, Society Advisors, and Class Advisors.

3.  Nominating Policies and Procedures: The Association has a standard set of policies and procedures for nominations of ALL candidates, either for Director or for Advisor-at-Large, to include Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

     a.  There are three points of which you should be aware:

           (1)  Nomination packets must include all the content described below or they WILL NOT be forwarded to the Nominating Committee.

    (2)  Nomination packets must be received at WPAOG no later than 1 July.

           (3)  For information pertaining to the nominating policy, email Christine M. Richardson, Association Administrative Officer or call 845.446.1519.

           (4)  The Board of Directors' Instructions to the 2018 Nominating Committee are here.

     b.  Content and Format: To ensure a fair and equitable process for all nominees and for the WPAOG, each nomination must include the following:

           (1) A nomination letter from a USMA graduate (other than you), from your class leadership, or from your West Point society leadership.  Nominators should address the nominees character, leadership, service and other skills and seek those that embody the Academy’s motto of “Duty, Honor, Country.”  You will not be considered without a nomination signed by another USMA graduate.  Self-nominations are prohibited.  The letter should not exceed 2 pages and should be single-spaced with at least a 12-point clear font and with at least a half-inch margin.

           (2)  A separate letter from you, the nominee, which specifically states your desire to serve or to continue to serve, and the position(s) for which you wish to be nominated. The letter must state specifically that you have reviewed the duties and responsibilities of Directors and Advisors. You must state that you have the willingness, the financial capability, and the time available to travel to meetings at your expense, as is expected of all involved in not-for-profit governance. You will not be considered without such a letter. Your letter or its attachments also should address specifically, a summary description of each of the following:

                 (a) All military service, including:  highest rank attained; service at USMA; Retired or Active status; Reserve or National Guard service; Post-graduate education/degrees.               

                 (b) Current position, duties, and responsibilities, as appropriate.

                 (c) Your WPAOG Activities (if none, so state), including:  Service on the Board of Directors; the Advisory Council; WPOAG Committees/Task Forces; WPAOG’s former governing body, the Board of Trustees; pro bono consulting or similar activity for the WPAOG.

                 (d)  Any USMA Class Leadership or Class Committees activity.

                 (e)  Any West Point Society Activity.

                 (f)   Any USMA Admissions activity or support.

                 (g)  Any Army Athletics activity or support.

                 (h)  Any other special activity/project participation.

           (3)  Please include in your email a recent photo in high-quality digital format (.tif or .bmp is preferred). Photos of nominees will be published on the WPAOG website.

      c.  The letter (including attachments) should not exceed 4 pages and must be single-spaced with at least a 12-point clear font and at least a half-inch margin. You may attach your current CV/biographical summary and other documents/letters, as additional support. This does not relieve you from the responsibility to address specifically items in paragraph 3.b.(2) above.

      d.  Only those candidates who have completed all the above requirements will be considered by the Nominating Committee. Please do not expect that the Nominating Committee will evaluate you based on information found in Cullum Files or in the Register of Graduates. 

4.  Submission:

a.  By E-mail to: Laurie Fontana

b.  By mail to: Chair, Nominating Committee, c/o Laurie Fontana at the West Point Association of Graduates, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY 10996.