Brig. Gen. Rich Anderson, chairman of the Board of Governors and an at-large member of the panel, listens to a presentation on CAP's new governance structure during the 2012 Annual Conference and National Board meeting.
Photo by Susan Schneider, National Headquarters
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS – Applications for up to three at-large positions on Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors, the organization’s strategic policy-making body, are being accepted until Oct. 15.
Two positions – formerly filled by CAP’s national commander and national vice commander – are now open for application under the organization’s new governance structure, which was presented Aug. 24 during CAP’s Annual Conference in Baltimore. A third at-large position is held by Brig. Gen. Rich Anderson, board chairman. Anderson’s four-year term expires Feb. 26, 2013, and a new at-large member will be appointed if his term is not extended. Lt. Col. Ned Lee, who was appointed in May 2010, holds the fourth member-at-large position.
To qualify for consideration as an at-large member, applicants must be a senior member in good standing, have been a member for five years, hold the CAP grade of major or above and have achieved Level IV (Paul E. Garber Award) of the Senior Member Training Program. Additional information about applying is available on CAP's website.
Under the new governance structure, the BoG will consist of four at-large members, four members appointed by the secretary of the Air Force and three members – chosen jointly by the secretary of the Air Force and CAP’s national commander – representing industry, education and government.
The new at-large members will be chosen by the newly created CAP Senior Advisory Group, formerly the National Executive Committee, during a meeting to be held Nov. 2-3 at CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The CSAG will consist of 11 voting members – the national commander and national vice commander, CAP’s chief of staff and the eight region commanders.
All changes associated with the new governance structure have been forwarded to CAP’s Constitution and Bylaws Committee for action, Carr said. “The members of the committee are actively working to provide the correct legal format to implement the decisions of the BoG in these documents,” he said.
CAP’s corporate staff has also reviewed all regulations and is updating seven affected by the governance structure – CAPR 5-4 Publications and Forms Management, CAPR 20-1 Organization of CAP, CAPR 35-8 MARB, CAPR 35-9 BoG and Wing Commander Selection Procedures, CAPR 70-1 CAP Acquisition Regulation, CAPR 112-10 Indemnification and CAP 173-1 Financial Procedures and Accounting.
“This will streamline publication of these regulations and provide clear guidance to all members in the organization,” Carr said.
Initial implementation of the new governance structure will take place Oct. 1, with final implementation slated for Jan. 1, 2013.