What is the Board of Governors?
To learn more about the Board, read first-hand accounts of our Governors and hear how they describe their impact on the Georgetown community as a result of their service.
The Board of Governors is the elected leadership body of the Georgetown University Alumni Association (GUAA), a 501(c)(3) organization that works closely with university leadership and the Board of Directors to provide support to the various Georgetown campuses, and is responsible for protecting and preserving the traditions of Georgetown alumni. Voted on by all alumni of the university, Governors are charged with establishing and reviewing policies and governing procedures regarding all GUAA business (e.g., alumni-student programming, strategic planning, investment decision-making, etc.) as well as serving as a channel for alumni engagement and feedback.
The Board of Governors aims to live the mission of the GUAA, which is to generate goodwill and support for the university and to foster a lifelong connection among alumni, our alma mater and the global Georgetown community. Additionally, the Governors strive to keep friends in touch with each other and with the university, and aim to create social, service, and career opportunities through Georgetown connections around the world.
For more information, we encourage you to visit the Board of Governors website.
What is the Commitment Required for the Board of Governors?
The Board of Governors meets three weekends a year: twice in Washington, D.C., at Fall Leadership Weekend (generally late September/early October) and Winter Leadership Weekend (generally early February), as well as during the John Carroll Weekend. Board meetings generally start on Friday morning and finish Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Governors are required to attend at least two of these three meetings in-person (absence must be excused by the GUAA President).
Meeting dates for the the 2016-2017 year are as follows:
- Winter Leadership Weekend – February 3–4, 2017 – Washington, D.C.
- John Carroll Weekend – April 20–23, 2017 – Austin, Texas
In addition to leadership meetings, Governors participate in various committee meetings/conference calls throughout the year in between full board gatherings. The time commitment will vary depending on the strategic objectives and mandate of each committee.
Finally, each Governor is required to contribute annually to the Georgetown Annual Fund.
New Governors begin a three-year term on July 1 of each year and may serve a second, consecutive three-year term with re-election
For a full list of Governor responsibilities, we encourage you to review the Board of Governors Statement of Responsibility.
When is it Appropriate to Apply?
For many Governors, serving as a Governor is a capstone event in their Alumni volunteer life cycle. For others who have demonstrated strong leadership and engagement at earlier stages, being a Governor serves as an opportunity to deepen and sustain engagement with Georgetown over the arc of their lives as alumni.
Strong Governor candidates will generally have a multi-year and sustained track record of alumni involvement and service in leadership roles. Recent selectees have engaged with the university and alumni community across multiple touch points, and often are serving in leadership roles at the time of their selections. These touch points may include class committees, regional clubs, affinity groups (e.g., African American Advisory Board, Hoyas Unlimited, AAP, Latin American Board, Law Alumni Board, Med Alumni Board, etc.) and professional alliances (e.g., GEMA, Wall Street Alliance, etc.). In addition, strong candidates will have a consistent track record of giving back financially to the university.
Finally, it is highly recommended that individuals attend at least one Fall or Winter Leadership Weekend meeting prior to applying in order to gain both exposure to the Board of Governors meetings and discussions, and a better understanding of the types of initiatives/activities in which members participate.
The Board of Governors' Nominations Committee seeks to select those who are most qualified from among the diversity of schools, generations, gender, geographic location, and ethnic background. An important goal of the selection process is to target a Board composition that is broadly representative of the alumni base.
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