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Alumni Association Bylaws

The Association’s Bylaws allow our organization, through the use of proper parliamentary procedures, the ability to regulate itself as allowed by Eastern Michigan University. To download the Alumni Association Bylaws in its entirety, click here.

*Note that the following articles listed below are only the most recent Bylaw amendments that may immediately pertain to the upcoming voting process for the upcoming elections. To view additional and most recent Bylaw changes click here.


Article I

  • Section 6 Voting Rights:
    • Current Bylaw: All members who are graduates of the University shall have the right to cast one (1) vote at membership meetings.

    • Proposed Bylaw: All members who are graduates of the University shall have the right to vote for directors at the Annual Meeting. The Board of Directors shall elect their Officers pursuant to Article IV*.

    • Rationale: Clearly defines voting rights.

    • *refer to the full Alumni Association Bylaws in its entirety here

Article III

  • Section 2 Board of Directors Number, Tenure, Qualifications
    • Current Bylaw: The number of Board of Directors shall not exceed twenty-five (25), including the president, the president-elect, and the immediate past-president. Board of Directors shall be elected at the annual meeting by the members and shall serve three-year terms. Such terms shall be staggered, with seven seats being subject to election each year. The directors shall serve until their term expires and their successor is duly elected. Directors are eligible to be elected to no more than two (2) consecutive terms. Thereafter, no director shall be eligible for re-election as a director until the expiration of one (1) year from the end of that director’s prior term. An individual who is appointed to serve the remainder of an unexpired term shall be eligible to be elected to one full term of three years as a director without the one year wait. In addition to the Board of Directors, the University President, the Vice President for Communications and the Director for Alumni Relations shall serve as ex-officio members of the Board of Directors. Two (2) student representatives may be appointed by Student Government for a one-year term. Such students shall serve in an advisory capacity as non-voting members.

    • Proposed Bylaw: The number of Board of Directors shall not exceed twenty-five (25), including the president, the president-elect, and the immediate past-president Board of Directors shall be elected at the annual meeting by the members and shall serve three-year terms. Such terms shall follow the University calendar and be staggered, with seven seats being subject to election each year. The Directors shall serve until their term expires and their successor is duly elected.

      Directors are eligible to be elected to no more than two (2) consecutive terms, unless elected as President-Elect. Thereafter, no director shall be eligible for re-election as a director until the expiration of one (1) year from the end of that director’s prior term An individual who is appointed to serve the remainder of an unexpired term shall be eligible to be elected to two full terms of three years as a director, provided that they have served fewer than 18 months in the unexpired term.

      Additionally, the University President, the Vice President for Communications and the Director for Alumni Relations shall serve as ex-officio members of the Board of Directors. Two (2) student representatives may be appointed by Student Government for a one-year term. Such students shall serve as ex-officio members and not have voting rights.

    • Rationale: Segments numerous topics in a better format and adds more description.

  • Section 3 Elections:
    • Current Bylaw: Board of Directors shall be elected at the annual meeting of the members. Such elections shall be conducted in a manner consistent with the requirements set forth herein and in accordance with the election procedures approved by the Board of Directors.

    • Proposed Bylaw: Board of Directors shall be elected at the annual meeting of the members. Such elections shall be conducted in a manner consistent with the requirements set forth herein and in accordance with the election procedures as presented by the Nominating and Elections Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

    • Rationale: Provides the Nomination and Election Committee the power to develop these guidelines.


To download the Alumni Association Bylaws in its entirety, click here.

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