THE TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF DEANS
OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
April 5, 2006
Name and Objects
Sec. 1. The name of this
organization shall be the Texas Association of Deans of
Liberal Arts and Sciences (TADLAS)
Sec. 2. The object of the
Texas Association of Deans of Liberal Arts and Sciences
is to promote all aspects of Higher
Education in the Arts and Sciences.
Sec. 3. The objects of
the TADLAS may be furthered by affiliation with other
organizations, subject to the requirements of
the Association’s Constitution and Bylaws.
Members and Affiliates
Sec. 1. Membership in the
Association shall be open to institutions of Higher Education
as recognized by the Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board and located in the State
of Texas (MEMBER INSTITUTIONS).
Sec. 2. All Deans, Associate
Deans and Assistant Deans of Schools or Colleges having
responsibility for Departments of
Liberal Arts and/or Sciences who are employed at any MEMBER
INSTITUTION are considered MEMBERS and have
full voting rights in the Annual Business Meeting and
may hold elective office in the Association.
Organization and Administration
Sec. 1. The fiscal year
shall be January 1 through December 31.
Sec. 2. Officers:
The officers of the Association shall be a President,
a President-Elect, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The President-
Elect shall automatically succeed to the Office of the
President upon the expiration of the term of office of
Sec. 3. Duties of the Officers:
duties of the President are to preside at meetings of
the Executive Committee and at business meetings of
Association; to carry out the policies of the membership
and of the Executive Committee; to appoint
committees of the Association; and to perform such functions
as are generally required of the President of similar
organizations and associations.
In the absence or incapacity of
the President, the President-Elect shall assume the duties
of that office. The
President-Elect shall provide for an
annual audit of the accounts of the Association.
The duties of the Secretary shall
be to keep minutes of all business meetings of the Association
and of the
Executive Committee; to conduct the business correspondence
of the Association as assigned by the President
or by the Executive Committee; to prepare and submit an
annual report of Associational activities, to inform
each member by regular communications, such as a Newsletter,
of the business and activities of the Association;
and to perform such other duties as may be assigned by
the President or Executive Committee or required by
the Bylaws of the Association.
duties of the Treasurer are to act as custodian of the
funds of the Association; to collect dues; to pay the
of the Association and to maintain accurate records of
receipts and disbursements. Two weeks before the
annual business meeting of the Association, the Treasurer
shall submit to the Executive Committee a report of
the financial condition of the Association and a budget
for the coming year, including budgets for each
committee, with a list of expected receipts and disbursements
for each operation of the Association. The
Treasurer shall also prepare a second report in October,
to be presented at the Fall meeting of the Executive
Committee. The Treasurer shall also perform such other
duties as may be assigned by the President or Executive
Committee, or required by the Bylaws of the Association.
The Treasurer shall insure that a surety bond covers all
officers. The statement of financial condition and the
budget for the coming year as approved by the Executive
Committee shall be given to the members at the annual
e. Terms of the Officers
term of office of the President and the President-Elect
shall be one year. The term of office of both the
and the Treasurer shall be three years. Both the Secretary
and the Treasurer shall be eligible for re-
Sec. 4. Executive Committee
The executive committee shall be composed of the officers
as enumerated in Article III, Section 2, the
Immediate Past-President, and six members elected at large
by the membership. (Member-at-Large)
The Immediate Past-President shall provide continuity,
expertise and advice to the executive committee. The
term of the Past-President shall be for one year immediately
following the term as President.
The Member-at-Large shall provide leadership, expertise
and advice to the executive committee, particularly in
matters related to the membership. The term of the Member-at-Large
shall be for three years, with two
Members-at-Large to be elected each year so as to stagger
the terms of office. A Member-at-Large may be re-
elected for additional terms without restriction.
The Executive Committee shall be responsible for conducting
the business of the Association between one
annual business meeting and the next, but authority of
the Association is vested in its membership. The
Executive Committee shall periodically review the Bylaws
and recommend Bylaws changes to the membership at
the Annual Business Meeting. The Executive Committee shall
meet at least twice each calendar year.
At least one of these meetings shall be held within one
week of the annual business meeting. At least a majority
of the members of the Committee must be present and voting
to constitute a quorum. A majority of the
Executive Committee must vote affirmatively to act.
Sec. 1. All chairs of standing
committees (those provided by the Bylaws) shall be appointed
by the President of the
Sec. 2. Before the annual
business meeting each year, the President of the Association
shall appoint a Nominating
Committee of at least three members. The duties of the
Nominating Committee are described in Article V.
Sec. 3. The Recruitment
Committee shall be responsible for recruiting additional
qualified members for the Association.
Sec. 4. The President may,
with the advice and approval of the Executive Committee,
appoint from time to time special
committees of the Association to consider, conduct, and
report upon such matters as may be delegated to them.
Sec. 1. The Nominating
Committee shall nominate an eligible MEMBER or MEMBERS
of the Association for each of the
positions of President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and
Member-At-Large of the Executive Committee in concert
with each designated term. The Nominating Committee shall
ascertain that all of the duly nominated candidates are
eligible to hold office and will serve if elected. The
Committee shall report its selections to the President
Secretary of the Association before the Annual meeting.
Sec. 2. At any time before
voting for officers at the Annual Business Meeting, additional
candidates may be nominated by
written petition signed by at least ten Association
MEMBERS and transmitted to the Secretary of the Association.
by each nominee agreeing to serve if elected must accompany
every petition. The Secretary shall
determine the eligibility of said nominees and petitioners.
Sec. 3. At the Annual Business
Meeting of the Association, the President shall announce
the names of all nominees for
by the Association and shall conduct an election of officers.
Sec. 4. The newly elected
persons shall take office immediately following the election.
They shall hold office for the terms
stated in Article III, or until their successors
Sec. 5. Any vacancies in
Association offices due to resignation or inability to
serve and otherwise provided for shall be filled
by appointment by the President with the concurrence of
a majority of the Executive Committee. Such
appointments shall be in effect until the next official
election. In the event that the offices of Secretary and
Treasurer would be running for election concurrently,
the appointment may be for two years. Appointed periods
are not defined as a term and the appointees are eligible
for the full terms.
Sec. 1. There shall be
at least one meeting of the Association per year, one
of which will be designated as the Annual
Meeting. The Executive Committee shall be responsible
for the organization and content of the programs at the
Sec. 2. The Annual Business
Meeting of the Association shall be held at the Annual
Meeting of the Association.
Sec. 3. Ten members of
the Association, exclusive of officers, shall constitute
a quorum for the conduct of business at the
Annual Business Meeting.
Sec. 4. The Executive Committee
may call special meetings of the Association, provided
notice is given at least one month
Sec. 5. The Executive Committee
shall decide the fee for registration at any meeting.
Amendment of Bylaws
Sec. 1. Any group of ten
or more MEMBERS of the Association may propose an amendment
to these Bylaws by submitting
it in writing to the Secretary of the Association. The
Secretary shall then send a copy of the proposed amendment
to the members of the Association in the next regular
communication to them. The proposed amendment may be
discussed and amended at the annual business meeting.
If it is then approved by a two-thirds majority of the
members voting at the business meeting it shall become
effective immediately following the close of the Annual
Sec. 1. Upon the dissolution
of the Association, any assets of the Association remaining
thereafter shall be conveyed to
such organization then existent as is dedicated to objects
similar to those of the Association.