The Elected Officers of The Augustan Society, Inc., include both senior officers, who must be Directors, and junior officers who do not have such a restriction:
Senior Corporate Officers
These offices are created by the By-Laws. The office of Chairman is optional, and need not be filled. All are elected annually at the first Board meeting following the Annual Meeting, or the conclusion of the election of Directors, if later.
These offices are created each year by an act of the Board; they are not required in the By-Laws. It has been practice since 2007 that the first two offices were held by members of Headquarters Staff for reasons of practicality.
Other Elected Officers
A proposal has been discussed to create the office of Executive Director. This officer would be elected by the Board and serve at their pleasure. He need not be a member, but membership could be one of the benefits provided. It could be a paid position. When the office is filled, the Executive Director would have all powers of the Board except his own hiring and compensation, and amending the By-Laws.
There are two motivations for creating this office.
- This was the de facto structure of the Society under our Founder, and many feel that concentrating authority in a single individual is the best approach for an organization like ours.
- The Society has at times had trouble finding enough members to serve on the Board, and enough Directors to serve as Officers. Thus one adjunct proposal is to automatically create the office of Executive Director whenever the Board cannot muster enough members to obtain a quorum or enough volunteers to serve as the four primary Officers.
The primary drawback to this option is fairly obvious: the wrong person in office could quickly lead to the failure of the Society. There is also the challenge of finding (and adequately compensating) a qualified individual.
It is not clear if this is a worthy experiment, and it has not yet been formally proposed to the Board or membership. It would require a vote of the Membership to adopt.