(From CUNA News) – CUNA received two nominations for its board election last week. Nominations are now being accepted for nine open director positions on CUNA’s Board of Directors. The deadline for nominations and seconds is Thursday, November 11.
In contested elections, voting will begin November 12 and close December 16. Nomination information can be found on CUNA’s website.
The two nominations received last week are:
- District 3, Class B – Alvin J. Cowans, President/CEO, McCoy FCU, Orlando, Florida
- Class D – Caroline Willard, President/CEO, Cornerstone League, Plano, Texas
They join other confirmed nominees:
- District 1, Class A Special Election – Jason Lindstrom, President/CEO, Evergreen CU, Portland, Maine
- District 6, Class A: Jim Morrell, President/CEO, Peninsula Community FCU, Shelton, Washington
- Class C: John Sackett, Director, Royal CU, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Directors elected in eight regular elections will take office upon the adjournment of CUNA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held February 28, 2022, during CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference and will serve through the 2025 AGM.
For the special election, the director elected will take office December 17 and will serve through the 2023 AGM.
Each credit union nominee must be an employee or a voting board member of the nominating credit union, with the nomination seconded in writing by at least two other credit unions from the same class for Class A and B districts.
Nominees to be elected by leagues must be a league chief executive officer and be nominated in writing by that league, with the nomination seconded in writing by at least one other league.
Two Class A and two Class B positions are up for election as follows:
- District 2, Class A: Credit unions having less than 38,000 members in Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia
- District 3, Class B: Credit unions with at least 38,000 and not more than 141,000 members in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee
- District 5, Class B: Credit unions with at least 38,000 and not more than 141,000 members in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming
- District 6, Class A: Credit unions having less than 38,000 members in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, Johnston Atoll, Midway Atoll, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll, and Wake Atoll
The special election will be held in:
- District 1, Class A: Credit unions having less than 38,000 members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands
Two Class C and two Class D positions are also up for election. Elections for Class C (credit unions having more than 141,000 natural-person members) and Class D (leagues) will be conducted at-large nationwide, rather than by district.
NOTE: CUNA’s bylaws state a maximum of 10 percent of the Board may be credit union directors from Class A, B, or C from any one state. In addition, no more than one voting CUNA Director shall be from the same credit union. No individual may hold more than one CUNA Director position. The CUNA Board currently has two representatives from the following:
- California – Terms of the two current CUNA directors from California expire in 2023 and 2024. Therefore, no candidates are eligible to be nominated and elected from California for the District 6, Class A position or the Class C position.
- Texas – Terms of the two current CUNA Directors from Texas expire in 2023 and 2024. Therefore, no candidates are eligible to be nominated and elected from Texas for the District 5, Class B position or the Class C position.
CUNA’s board has determined that a board candidate should possess certain qualities and characteristics. The board also desires to be diverse and inclusive. The board considers diversity to encompass all the characteristics, experiences, and cultural influences that make each person unique.
The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent plays a significant part in the strength of the CUNA board.