Nominations are now being accepted for nine open trustee positions – eight regular elections and one special election – on the CUNA Board of Directors. The deadline for nominations and seconds is Thursday, November 11. In the contested elections, voting will begin on November 16 and end on December 17.
Information on applications is available on CUNA website.
Each credit union candidate must be an employee or a voting member of the board of directors of the proposing credit union, the nomination being seconded in writing by at least two other credit unions of the same class and, for Class A and B, from the district.
Candidates elected by the leagues must be a league general manager and be nominated in writing by that league, with the nomination supported in writing by at least one other league.
Directors elected in the regular election will take office upon adjournment of the CUNA Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held on February 28, 2022, at the CUNA Government Affairs Conference.
The director elected in the special election will take office on December 17 and serve until the AGM in 2023.
Two Class A and two Class B positions are up for election as follows:
- District 2, Class A: Credit unions with less than 38,000 members in Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia;
- District 3, Class B: Credit unions with at least 38,000 members and no more than 141,000 members in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee;
- District 5, Class B: Credit unions with at least 38,000 members and no more than 141,000 members in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming;
- District 6, Class A: Caisses populaires with less than 38.00 members in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, Johnston Atoll, Midway Atoll, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Atoll.
The special election will take place at
- District 1, Class A: Credit unions with less than 38,000 members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
Two class C and two class D posts are also up for election.
Elections for Class C (credit unions with over 141,000 individual members) and Class D (leagues) will be held nationwide, rather than by district.
The statutes of CUNA state that a maximum of 10 percent of the members of the board of directors may be directors of Class A, B or C credit unions in any (1) state. In addition, no more than one CUNA director with voting rights may belong to the same fund. No person can occupy more than one post of director of CUNA. The CUNA Board of Directors currently has two representatives from the following:
- California – The terms of the two current California CUNA directors expire in 2023 and 2024. Therefore, no candidate is eligible to be nominated and elected from California for District 6, the Class A position, or the Class position vs.
- Texas – The terms of the two current Texas CUNA directors expire in 2023 and 2024. Therefore, no candidate is eligible to be nominated and elected from Texas for District 5, the Class B position, or the Class position. vs.
The CUNA Board of Directors has determined that a candidate for the Board must possess certain qualities and characteristics. The board also wants to be diverse and inclusive. The board considers diversity to encompass all of the characteristics, experiences and cultural influences that make each person unique. The collective sum of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique abilities and talent play an important role in board strength of CUNA.
Candidates should take these characteristics, experiences and influences into account when assessing for themselves their qualifications for a position on the Board. Applicants will have the opportunity to explain how they meet these characteristics as they complete their Applicant Profile form. The CUNA Board of Directors considers these characteristics to be important among qualified and diverse candidates:
- Commitment and commitment demonstrated in the CUNA / League system
- Involvement in their community of credit unions
- Proven decision-making skills
- CUNA’s local, state and national advocacy experience / efforts
- Business knowledge
- communication skills
- Strategic expertise
- Dedication to the values of credit unions
- Leadership skills
- Demonstrated commitment to ensuring diversity and inclusion in professional settings, e.g. qualifications, experience, geography, demography etc.