Board Nomination FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the nomination process for the Catholic Media Association Board of Directors.

 
  • What Board positions must be filled in 2023?
    • Treasurer
    • Western Region Representative
    • Southern Region Representative
    • Business Staff Member, Magazine
    • Publisher Member, Newspaper
    • Publisher Member, Magazine

 

  • How long does each term last?
    • Terms are for three (3) years.
    • Terms begin at the annual member meeting of the Catholic Media Conference.
    • Directors may serve up to three (3) consecutive terms.

 

  • Who is the ideal Board candidate?
    • Desired qualities to be considered include one or more of the following:
      • Leadership experience in business or administrative activities.
      • Breadth of knowledge about issues affecting Catholic media.
      • Ability to contribute special expertise to Board or committee activities.

 

  • What criteria will the Nominating Committee use to select Board candidates?
    • Directors must be CMA members in good standing.
    • Director positions are based on categories of membership. Categories exist for publisher, magazine and newspaper representatives, as well as regional representatives, diocesan director of communications, and members at large.
    • If the Magazine Staff position is open, for example, the member must work for a magazine to be eligible for that position.

 

  • What do Board members do?
    • The Board has oversight for the operations of the association and the work of the executive director and the CMA office staff. The executive director reports to the Board.
    • Directors meet by Zoom the third Thursday of each month for about 75 minutes.
    • They often chair or work on a committee but are not required to do so.
    • They attended the annual CMC and hold at least two meetings during that time span on Tuesday and Thursday.
    • Some years they are hosted at the site of the upcoming CMC in November or early December.

 

  • What do Board members get in return for their service?
    • There is no monetary benefit to being a Board member, nor is there any monetary requirement attached to serving on the Board. 
    • The ability to help make a difference and shape the association are some of the benefits of serving.
    • It most cases additional participation and the ability to travel to the CMC on a yearly basis is a benefit of service.

 

  • How much time does Board service require?
    • Outside of the monthly Zoom meetings it depends on the committees you volunteer for and specific tasks that the Board deems essential for the health of the association. 
    • It might average out to two hours per month in most cases.

 

  • Can I nominate myself?
    • A member cannot nominate themselves as a candidate for the Board.

 

  • What is the nominating process?
    • Nominations are done by the Nominating Committee in the vast majority of cases.
    • Members can nominate an individual if they are not satisfied with the work of the nominating committee. A group of 10 members agree to nominate a person.
    • Nominations are made to fill the positions according to the category of the position.
    • Candidates are contacted and asked to accept the position.
    • Candidates provide a photo and short bio to be viewed by voting members of the association.

 

  • What if I’m nominated but not elected?
    • You may be nominated again for another position or may be asked to volunteer on a committee to increase your name recognition among members.

 

  • How do I nominate a candidate?
    • Nominations are done by the Nominating Committee in the vast majority of cases.
    • Members can nominate an individual if they are not satisfied with the work of the Nominating Committee. A group of 10 members agree to nominate a person.

 

  • When are nominations due?
    • According to CMA bylaws nominations must be completed 150 days prior to the members’ annual member meeting held during the Catholic Media Conference in June. 

 

  • Where can I get additional questions answered?

 

  • When do elections take place?
    • Elections take place in the first quarter of the calendar year and adjusted to coincide with the members’ annual member meeting in June according to CMA bylaws

 

  • When does the term begin?
    • The term officially begins on the date of the members’ annual meeting on the Thursday of the Catholic Media Conference, typically held in June.