Article IV: Officers

Section 1: Officers and Term of Office 
A. The officers of the network shall be the President, the Vice President, the Executive Director, and the Treasurer. All these officers are directly elected by AMEPPA’s members.
B. All Officers shall serve a three-year term, renewable one. An Officer may not serve more than two terms but can be elected for the Board without term limits.    
C. Officers shall be automatically removed from office at the end of the third meeting from which the member is absent, unless the Executive Board, by majority vote of members entitled to vote, declares that one or more of the member’s absences are excused, or whenever membership is terminated or denied in accordance with Article II., Section 5.
Section 2: Nominations for AMEPPA Officers 
A. AMEPPA Members will be invited to be nominated for President, Vice-President, Executive Director, and Treasurer to the Nominating Committee.    
B.  To be eligible for nomination for AMEPPA officers, a person shall be a member of the network. 
Section 3: Vacancies 
A. In case of death, resignation, or inability of the President to perform the duties of his or her office, the Vice-President shall immediately succeed him and shall be President for the remainder of the unexpired term. The new President must nominate his/her new Vice President for the fulfilling period and must be approved by the Executive Board.  
B. In the case of an interim vacancy in the office of Vice President, Executive Director, or Treasurer, the Executive Board shall elect a replacement to serve until the next elections.  
Section 4: Duties of the President 
A. The President shall exercise chief policy leadership of AMEPPA; shall preside over all meetings of the Executive Board and the network’s annual meeting of its membership; shall appoint  members to committees and other bodies; and shall be an ex-officio member with vote of every committee of the network with the exception of the Nominating Committee.    
B. The President is the chair of the Program and Operation Committee, the principal public spokesperson of AMEPPA, and shall at the annual meeting and at such other times and forums, both internal and external, communicate, advise, inform, and suggest such actions and policies as deemed proper to advance the goals, purposes, and programs useful to the network, its committees and members.    
C. Concurrent with the term of office, the President may make such appointments as are required by the bylaws or as may seem necessary in the interests of the network.    
D. Any presidential appointee may be removed from office by the President in accordance with rules established by the Executive Board.    
E. As the public symbol of AMEPPA, the President shall act at such times and places as necessary and take such actions as useful to execute the provisions of the bylaws, policies of the network, and protect the rights and welfare and promote the interests of the members.  On issues of significance, the President shall, in situations of dispute regarding policy implementation, act as a liaison between the Executive Board members, committees, and such other agents of the network as may exist or from time to time be established.

F. The President shall perform all duties prescribed by the bylaws and such others as may from time to time be entrusted to this office by the Executive Board.
Section 5: Duties of the Vice President 
The Vice President shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the bylaws, the President, and Executive Board.  
Section 6: Duties of the Executive Director 
A.  The Executive director is the Chief Executive Officer of AMEPPA and generally is responsible for the execution of the Network’s business.

B.  The Executive Director serves as the Chair of the Communication Committee.

C. While this list is not intended to be all inclusive, the Executive Director:
  1. Provides staff support for the Executive Board and officers of the network
  2. Prepares and makes reports to the network at least annually
  3. Assists in the development of new activities
  4. Assists in the oversight and management of activities
  5. Take responsibility for accurate and timely keeping of member records
  6. Gives regular progress reports to the Executive Board

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