Interested in serving on the National Council? Any collegiate member who attends the National Conference may register her/his intention to be a candidate on or before June 1 by completing a statement of interest. Declared candidates will be interviewed by telephone in advance of the conference by the standing Nominations Committee, which will develop a slate of candidates to be presented at the conference. All slated candidates must attend the Candidate Forum.
As student representative, you will get involved at the national level of a nonprofit organization, represent nearly 5,000 collegiate members as their voice on the National Council, learn more about the way the Society operates, meet distinguished members and alumni from all over the country, network with other student leaders and professionals, and help guide the future of Mortar Board.
Attendance at each annual national conference during your two-year term
Participation in monthly meetings by conference call
Input in regular email discussions
Travel to attend up to two National Council meetings each year
Advocacy for collegiate members in all National Council matters
Qualities desired in a student representative:
Be a collegiate member of Mortar Board
Have strong communication skills
Exhibit excellent time management
Possess the ability to work successfully with students, alumni and administrators
How to run
There are four steps necessary to put yourself in a position to run for the student representative position on the National Council:
1) Submit a statement of interest on or before June 1.
2) Participate in a screening interview by telephone with members of the Nominations Committee. The executive director will arrange an appointment soon after you have submitted your statement of interest.
3) If slated by the Nominations Committee, participate in any subsequent phone meetings the National Council directs.
4) Stand for election by presenting a two-minute speech to the delegates assembled in conference.
Statement of interest - Your statement of interest will be supplied to the Nominations Committee and, if you are slated by the Nominations Committee, to all delegates attending the conference. A statement of interest should be 300 words or fewer in length and should contain campus and community activities; career aspirations; description of your college, grad school, intern, and work obligations for the next two years; an example of a time when you successfully served on a board and what brought about that success; and a forecast of the ways that you would contribute to the National Council of Mortar Board.
Campaigning - A candidate is permitted to create campaign materials, which may be distributed before voting as a part of the campaign that the candidate chooses to conduct. There is a spending limit of $10.
Outcome of election - Elections are conducted by printed ballot. If a run-off is necessary, a second ballot will be conducted. The announcement of the results will be made during the conference.
If you would like additional information, please call the National Office or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.