In 1998, the Department of Management and Accountancy developed the Advisory Board to provide valuable input on issues of strategic importance to our programs of study. In 2016, the structure and composition was altered to ensure greater diversity among the stakeholders. It now includes representation from a variety of demographic backgrounds and industries/sectors. The purpose of the board is to assist the Department, including its students and faculty in achieving its goals of innovation, engagement, and impact with our key stakeholders, including but not limited to employers, alumni, students, members of the North Carolina community, and the general public. This is a revolving board with three-year term limits, renewable for an additional three-year period. The Department Chairperson and AACSB Business Unit Head at UNC Asheville chairs the Advisory Board. A staff member from the University Advancement team is an as Ex-Officio member.
Members, along with department faculty, meet on a biannual basis to discuss program quality and development, including topics such as outcomes assessment and accreditation efforts, curriculum design and programming, extra- and co-curricular activities, admissions standards, and resource needs. More specifically, the board will:
- Provide advice to the Chair and the Department on strategic issues that impact the future of our Department, curricula and programs.
- Provide awareness of the nature of Departmental impacts on stakeholders and how to enhance positive impact most effectively and efficiently.
- Identify opportunities and connections for faculty to develop their research, teaching and community service.
- Increase the impact of faculty in the local community.
- Provide contacts and opportunities for students to intern, conduct research, and gain employment.
- Promote the Department in the local community and advocate its mission.
- Assist in fundraising efforts.
Department of Management and Accountancy
Advisory Board Bylaws
The Advisory Board will be comprised of a diverse team of professionals reflecting the emergent diversity of our faculty, students, economy, and employers in the region. The purpose of the Board is to assist the Department, including students and faculty, in achieving the goals of innovation, engagement, and impact with key stakeholders, including but not limited to employers, alumni, students, members of the University of North Carolina System community, and the general public.
I. Statement of Purpose
The Board’s primary function is to advise the Chair of the Department of Management and Accountancy on a broad range of issues. Specifically, the Board will:
1. Provide advice to the Chair and the Department on strategic issues that impact the future of our Department, curricula, and programs.
2. Identify and highlight needs in the western North Carolina business community, and determine how the Department can help fulfil those needs.
3. Provide awareness of the nature of Departmental impacts on stakeholders, and how to provide positive outcomes.
4. Identify opportunities and connections for faculty to develop research, teaching, and community service.
5. Increase the impact of faculty in the local community.
6. Provide contacts and opportunities for students to intern, conduct research, and gain employment.
7. Promote the Department in the local community and advocate its mission.
8. Assist in fundraising efforts.
9. Lead or support special projects as directed by the Chair.
Members of the Board shall be business and community leaders in a position to advance the mission of the Board.
The Board shall consist of approximately 20-25 members. The Department Chair, a representative from the Advancement Office, and student representative will serve as ex-officio members of the Board; members of the Department faculty may also serve in an ex-officio capacity.
Prospective members of the Board shall be nominated by an existing Board member. Nominations will be submitted to the Executive Committee, which will review nominee qualifications. Recommended nominees will be presented annually to the full Board for a majority vote, to be ratified and appointed by the Department Chair.
Newly appointed members shall begin their term with the first regular meeting of the Board following appointment by the Chair - typically at the fall semester meeting.
Board members will be elected to 3-year renewable terms, and may not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms. To the extent practical, terms are to be staggered such that approximately one third of the Board will begin a new or renewed term each year. In special cases (e.g., where a constituent organization should remain represented), the Chair and Executive Committee may recommend that a member be reappointed beyond the two-term limit.
III. Governance Structure
The Chair and Vice Chair of the Board shall be elected by the full Board, and will serve two-year terms. These officers may be reelected to their positions as long as they continue to be members of the Board. However, their term in office may not exceed their term on the Board.
In addition to the Chair and Vice Chair, Committee Chairs and the Chair of the Department will comprise the Board Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall conduct business of the Board between regular meetings.
The Board Chair, in consultation with the Executive Committee, shall prepare the agenda for each regular meeting. The agenda shall be distributed to all members of the Board 10 days prior to each regular meeting.
The Executive Committee shall review annually the membership of standing and ad-hoc committees, and appoint or re-appoint committee Chairs and members.
If a position on the Executive Committee becomes vacant mid-term, the President will appoint an interim officer to fill the remainder of the term. If the office of President becomes vacant in mid-term, the Vice President will assume that office and the Executive Committee will appoint an interim Vice President.
The Executive Committee may designate committees and appoint members to these committees periodically, as needed. Each committee will serve at the pleasure of the Executive Committee, and the Executive Committee may alter, amend, supplement, or terminate any committee at any time. The Executive Committee Chair shall appoint the committee members and their Chairs in consultation with the Department Chair.
Unless otherwise provided, all members of the Board shall be expected to serve on committees. Additionally, faculty members of the Department, other University faculty or staff, and other external stakeholders may be asked to serve the various committees as coordinators and/or resource persons.
IV. Roles and Responsibilities
1. The Advisory Board will be expected to meet at least twice a year.
2. Board members should be prepared for the possibility of ad hoc meetings when circumstances warrant.
3. Board members should be prepared to serve as members or leaders of committees and special projects teams.
4. Members will be asked to advance the mission of the Department through their professional networks.
5. The Board will be asked to assist with mentoring and professional development support for students.
6. The Board will also be available for advice, support, and other help during times of AACSB reaccreditation.
7. In alignment with best practices and expectations by AACSB International, the Board members will support the mission by engaging in fundraising efforts. Board members will also be expected to make a meaningful annual gift to support the Department, and are asked to consider making major gifts and including the Department in their estate plans in alignment with their philanthropic interests. Institutional affiliates are expected to make minimum annual gifts of $2000. Gifts generated by our Board will support Department priorities including student scholarships, study abroad programming, faculty research, lecture series, partnerships with local businesses and organizations, mentoring program participation, and engagement events with the community.
The Advisory Board shall normally meet at least twice each academic year, preferably once each semester, on dates announced by the Chair, at least three months prior to the meeting date. Special meetings may be called by the Chair or the Dean, with ten days notice to the membership. Selections of meeting dates and locations shall be the responsibility of the Chair in collaboration with the Department Chair (or his/her designee). Committees will likely meet more frequently.
One-third of the membership of the Advisory Board shall constitute a quorum. In some circumstances requiring a vote, at the discretion of the Chair, Board members may submit their vote via email to the Chair prior to the meeting. When appropriate, the parliamentary authority for use in the Advisory Board meetings shall be the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.
Proposed amendments to these Bylaws may be submitted to the Executive Committee who shall report the proposal to the Board at its next regular meeting. When voting to amend the Bylaws is held, the proposal must be submitted in writing to the membership of the Executive Council at least one month prior to the next regular meeting. Any proposal to amend the Bylaws shall be adopted and become effective when approved by the majority of those members voting on the proposal, providing those voting constitute a majority of the members. This process can also be done by mail, depending on the topic, in full alignment of the Executive Committee.