Volunteer Opportunities
FAQ: Volunteer Leadership

What factors does CASE consider in selecting volunteer leaders or a slate of volunteers for election?

CASE looks for advancement professionals who are respected as leading practitioners and thinkers in the field; have demonstrated their commitment to the profession, to CASE or to both; and who bring energy, enthusiasm and relevant skills to the individual volunteer role.

CASE works to ensure that most volunteer leadership groups include representatives of the various disciplines and institution types that are part of the CASE membership. The location of the nominee's institution is also a consideration for many groups, such as the North American districts and the CASE Europe Board of Trustees.

Who may nominate individuals for CASE volunteer leadership positions?

Nominations are welcome from anyone familiar with a nominee's expertise, professionalism and leadership in the profession.

May I nominate myself for a volunteer leadership role?

Absolutely. CASE welcomes self-nominations as well as the nomination of colleagues.

Do nominees have to be members of CASE?

In most cases, members of volunteer governing and advisory boards must work at CASE-member institutions. The CASE bylaws require most trustees to be professionals at CASE-member institutions.

Members of the Industry Advisory Council must be CASE Educational Partners.

Will I be notified if I am nominated for a volunteer leadership position?

Not necessarily. Nominees for the CASE Board of Trustees as well as the CASE Europe Board of Trustees are not notified if they are under consideration. Nominees for the CASE commissions are notified in advance. The process varies for each of the other groups.

Are CASE volunteer leaders elected or appointed?

Most CASE volunteer leaders are appointed by other members of the CASE group, the CASE Board of Trustees or the CASE staff. See group descriptions for details.

The exception is the CASE Board of Trustees. The board's Committee on Leadership, the nominating body for CASE, reviews nominations for vacant trustee positions and presents a slate of candidates to be elected by the membership. Election of the slate occurs via e-mail ballot (each member institution has one vote that is cast by the institutional membership coordinator) in June, and the results are announced at CASE's annual business meeting during the Summit for Advancement Leaders in July.

If I am not selected, will I be considered in the future?

Yes. Although it varies by volunteer group, CASE typically keeps nominations for two years and welcomes re-nominations.

If I am appointed or elected to a CASE governing or advisory group, will I need to attend all of the group's meetings?

Because CASE is a volunteer-led association, the commitment of volunteer leaders to their roles is critically important to CASE's ongoing ability to grow membership and to serve members. In addition, because most volunteer groups meet only one, two or three times a year, missing a meeting may mean missing a key conversation or decision that affects the future of CASE.

Volunteer leaders are encouraged and expected to attend all meetings. Volunteers who miss multiple meetings may be removed from service.

Does CASE pay my expenses for serving as a volunteer leader?

In most cases, CASE will cover expenses associated with service as long as they fall under CASE's travel policy. CASE encourages members of the Board of Trustees to ask their institutions to pay for the cost of attending one of three meetings each year.

What happens if I change positions or leave the profession during my volunteer service?

Volunteer leaders on the CASE Board of Trustees, the CASE Europe Board of Trustees and the CASE commissions who change positions but remain in advancement and meet other criteria required by that particular volunteer group (for example, being employed at a CASE-member institution or being a professional member of CASE) will be invited to remain in their volunteer roles. Volunteer leaders on these groups who are between positions or who leave the profession may remain in their positions for six months and may continue in their roles after the six-month grace period if they have accepted a position in advancement and meet other criteria required by the particular volunteer group.

Practices vary across the districts and with other volunteer groups.