Frequently Asked Questions

NEW! --   I notice that to qualify for a board position, a member must be an HR practitioner.  How does a CEO qualify for Board membership?

ASHHRA Bylaws define an HR practitioner as someone who has management or other professional responsibility for human resources, personnel or employee relation function in a health care institution.  A CEO of a healthcare facility of any size would have ultimate responsibility and oversight for the institution's human resource function.  The addition of the healthcare facility CEO will provide a global perspective on the role of an HR practitioner to the ASHHRA Board of Directors and help the Board position the organization with the c-suite audience. 

What’s the value of the governance change to an ASHHRA member?

This model will allow the board to better reflect the current and future needs of ASHHRA members on a national level while focusing support at the regional level through dedicated regional consultants who will form a Regional, Chapter and Member Services Committee. 

Also, we hope this new model based on selection, rather than election, will encourage more members to step up and offer their services and expertise to ASHHRA. 

Additionally, there are more volunteer leadership positions available. Regional consultants will no longer serve both regionally and on the national board, opening up more positions for volunteers and leadership development. 

What is the role of the regional consultant?  How is the same and different from our current system?

The regional consultant will work directly with members from the region gathering feedback, sharing best practices, and supporting members whether through the chapter affiliation structure or as individuals.

In the proposed model, the regional consultants will focus only on regions, whereas in the current system board regional representatives are asked to split their time between national and regional duties.

With a slate rather than an election, how can the general membership have an impact on ASHHRA?

First, members are encouraged to share their comments and ideas with the current board about the proposed governance model. 

You can contact your regional representative or go directly to www.ashhra.org and click on the feedback button.  

The proposed changes are not final.  The Board wants to hear comments from members and that feedback will be valuable as the process continues.

Second, all members are encouraged to consider being a candidate by submitting information to become a board member, board officer or regional consultant.  They are also encouraged to forward their names to the president for consideration for a position on a committee or task force.

ASHHRA is made up of individual healthcare human resources practitioners who each have expertise, skills and energy.  Each member has the power to contribute their time to make ASHHRA the organization that leads the way in healthcare human resources.

Does this give the Nominating Committee too much power?  What are the checks and balances?

The Nominating Committee is chaired by the past president, as well as:
• Two members elected by Board of Directors from among its own members.
• One member appointed by the president with Board of Directors approval.
• One member recommended by the previous Nominating Committee.
• One additional Past President.

The Nominating Committee is charged with serving much like an executive search firm and will use their human resources skills and expertise to identify and select the most-qualified candidates who can best represent the interests of ASHHRA members. Using the principles of the HR Leader Model, they will be measuring candidates against specific criteria and job descriptions to ensure that each candidate has the skills to do the job. As a form of check and balance, the board must approve the slate that is recommended by the Nominating Committee. 

Additionally, the proposed changes in the ASHHRA bylaws will include the ability of members to withhold ratification of the slate and provide a mechanism to write-in candidates.  However, the expectation is that the Nominating Committee will provide the membership with a slate of candidates that has outstanding qualifications and satisfies the needs of the membership.

Will they pick the “same old” people?

By eliminating the “election” component of board member selection, the board hopes that the proposed changes will encourage members who have not been interested in participating in the election process to offer their services to the Nominating Committee.  The more candidates, the more choices the Nominating Committee will have to bring new voices to leadership positions. 

How will this impact the region and chapter’s interests and voices?

In the current model, ASHHRA board members also serve as regional representatives serving at both the national and local levels.  This is a major time commitment, particularly in light of the current busy workloads of healthcare human resources professionals.

In the proposed model, there will be a board member representing regional interests.  That board member will serve as the chair of the Regional, Chapter and Member Services Committee which consists of the nine regional consultants.  The regional consultants will focus their efforts on delivering products and services to the region and will meet several times a year to share best practices and provide feedback to the board. 

In addition, there will be one board member in the proposed model that will represent chapter leadership adding another voice and opinion from local chapter members.

What is the path to a leadership role in ASHHRA? 

If ASHHRA membership votes to accept the revised bylaws that represent the proposed governance model, then the Nominating Committee will begin its task of identifying the best candidates for the 2007 ASHHRA board. Specific information about each board position will be distributed to members.  Members will be asked to submit information about their skills and a personal statement about their interest in the position they’d like.   Members can apply for more than one position if they have the qualifications.  Members of the Nominating Committee, much like a search firm, will interview candidates and will then develop the slate based on candidates’ qualifications.

Members who are not selected will be forwarded to the president for possible appointment to committees and task forces.

How can I share my thoughts and comments?

We encourage you to share your comments and ideas with the current board.  

You can contact your regional representative or go directly to www.ashhra.org and click on the feedback button.  

The proposed changes are not final.  The board wants to hear comments from members.  That feedback will be valuable as the process continues.

Is AHA pushing ASHHRA to do this?

No.  This change came from internal ASHHRA board-level discussions about the strategic direction of the organization and how the board can be structured to best accomplish that strategic plan.

What’s the process and timeline to make these changes?

We want to make sure there is ample opportunity for discussion about the proposed governance model. During the latter part of June, feedback sessions in each region have been scheduled. Additionally, board members are talking with their members either at chapter meetings or in individual discussions during this time.

This Web site, dedicated solely to discussion of the new governance model, will be available for your review.  At the end of July, the board will convene and review member feedback. Any changes or modifications considered appropriate will be made at that time. In late July, members will receive a notice to vote on the revised bylaws that reflect the proposed governance changes.

After voting is completed (45 days later), ASHHRA will announce the results and proceed based on the vote by the membership.