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Home : Chapter Information : Tools & Resources : Chapter Structure

Chapter Structure

Members are the foundation of each chapter. Officers are responsible for establishing and maintaining member satisfaction and chapter health. To do this, the board of directors has the responsibility to manage the chapter.

Required Positions

According to the chapter bylaws, the board of directors is comprised of at least five elected officer positions led by the president. Other required board members include the vice president, treasurer, counselor and secretary. 


Standing Committees

The bylaws require that each chapter has two standing committees

  • Governance Committee: comprised of at least 3 members and the faculty counselor.  Members of the Governance Committee can either be elected or appointed. The chapter president appoints the chair of the committee once all committee members have been selected.
  • Leadership Succession Committee: comprised of 3 members, all of whom are elected to the committee. The chapter president appoints the chair of the committee once all of the committee members have been elected. Members of the Leadership Succession Committee are not eligible to run for any other chapter leadership positions while serving on the Leadership Succession Committee.



The bylaws require that each chapter assign two delegates whose responsibilities are to vote on the changes to the international bylaws at the Biennial Convention and to vote on petitioning honor societies at Biennial Convention and through electronic voting. Delegates can be appointed to their position. Chapters that cannot fill both delegate positions can grant one delegate both chapter votes. Delegates can be any active member of the chapter.


Optional Leadership Positions

To effectively and efficiently conduct chapter business and strategically plan for the future, chapters may choose to elect or appoint additional chapter leaders or convene work groups such as additional committees, advisory councils and task forces.

  • Optional leadership positions
    • Archivist
    • Awards Chair
    • Finance Chair
    • Philanthropy Chair
    • Membership Ambassador
    • Membership Involvement Chair
    • Publicity/Newsletter/Web Editor Chair
    • Research Chair
    • Advisory councils inform the board of current and future issues, directions and priorities of the chapter. Members are appointed to the advisory council and serve terms that last through the close of the biennium, unless otherwise stated. The reporting structure of the advisory council is at the discretion of the chapter board of directors, who will decide whether the advisory council is accountable to a member of the board of directors or whether the chair of the advisory council sits directly on the board.
    • Task forces are formed to complete an assigned task within a specified time frame.  Members are appointed by the board of directors and their terms are determined by the group to whom the task force reports.


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