This is an Association-leading volunteer position, ideal for those interested in determining and advancing strategic directions, governing over long-term goals, representing the association to other members, and setting the tone for member experiences.

Help ACUI identify potential leaders to advance the organization by serving on the Board of Trustees.

Nominate for the Board

By serving on the Board of Trustees, volunteers actively engage with the Association's strategies, finances, and governance to further enhance the community and lead the future of ACUI and the college union field.

Reporting to the president and serving a two-year term, at-large members are responsible for:

  • Advancing the principles articulated in the Association’s vision and core values.
  • Performing various ceremonial duties such as attend regional conferences, speaking at various functions, writing articles for the bulletin or other ACUI publications at the delegation of the president.
  • Designing and directing the work of ad hoc and task force groups as requested by the president.
  • Serving as liaison on the Board of Trustees for any presidential special appointees as assigned by the president and assist such appointees in the preparation of annual reports.
  • Nominating qualified members that reflect the diversity of the Association for the leadership positions.
  • Serving as a voting member of the Board of Trustees.
  • Serving on all board committees, and perhaps serving as a committee chair if appointed by the president-elect.
  • Participating in all scheduled meetings of the Board of Trustees.
  • Attending required onsite meetings of the Board of Trustees (at the Annual Conference, the Leadership Team meeting in Bloomington, Indiana, and other potential additional face-to-face board meetings); the cost for attendance at these meetings is covered by the Association. 
  • Participating in the review of the Association's budget.
  • Participating in the strategic planning of the Association.


The application deadline to run for election to the ACUI Board of Trustees is October 15. The application is a two-step process.

  1. All applicants must first have an individual information meeting with the CEO and 1-2 current board members. Times are available October 11-12. Schedule a time for president-elect or at-large member.
  2. Applicants must complete the ballot information form, submit a signed institutional support form, and submit a high-resolution photo. All three items must be submitted by the deadline to appear on the ballot.

Candidates are elected by eligible voting members of ACUI, following the ACUI Election General Policies and Procedures.


2021 Elections Timeline

Beyond an orientation to the Elections Committee members and the initial announcement about elections to the ACUI membership, below is the timeline for this year's election process.

  • October 11-12: Required individual informational meeting with current board members
  • October 15: Application packets due
  • October 19: Notify candidates of their election status
  • October 20–22: Three-day appeal period closes
  • November 2: 1 p.m. Easter: Coffee hour with president-elect candidates
  • November 2: Election opens, slate of candidates announced
  • December 2, 11 p.m. Eastern: Election closes
  • December 6: Deadline to notify candidates of election results
  • December 7–9: Three-day appeal period closes
  • December 10: Scheduled announcement of election results to ACUI membership

The ACUI Board of Trustees believes that it is important for all prospective candidates to understand the time commitment that they are potentially making by standing for election. This is a highly rewarding volunteer experience, but it also requires a significant amount of time, energy, and effort.  Listed below are some of the minimum time-related expectations of a Board of Trustees member once elected:


Participate in new board member orientation, which may be a combination of reading materials, conference calls, and dedicated orientation sessions at the annual conference site that take place several days before the conference begins.

Board and Standing Committee Meetings
Participate in weekly conference calls for the full board as well as committees of the board (currently the committees are Finance; Governance; Strategic Direction; and Diversity & Inclusion). While the time can change based on availability, these calls are currently scheduled for 60–75 minutes on Wednesdays at Noon Eastern. In addition to these meetings, the ACUI Executive Committee (president, president-elect, past president, and CEO) meets by conference call on a weekly basis for approximately one hour, currently scheduled based on the schedules of the Executive Committee members.
Committee Work Groups

Actively participate on work groups or task teams of the above-named committees. Typically, this is where the real work of the board takes place—not during the conference calls. Thus, there is a significant amount of individual work and email/phone communication that takes place outside of the regular monthly meetings.

Extended ACUI Annual Conference
Attend the Annual Conference (in-person or virtually), with considerable time dedicated to Board of Trustees meetings (before and during the official conference dates), social functions, and other board obligations
Leadership Team Meeting
Attend and participate in the annual Leadership Team Meeting, traditionally held in July in Bloomington, Indiana or virtually.
Additional Face-to-Face Board Meeting
Depending on the year, the Board of Trustees may determine that an additional face-to-face meeting is necessary. Past additional meetings have occurred in January or February.
Giving to the ACUI Education and Research Fund

It is the expectation of all members of the Board of Trustees that they will give financial support to the ACUI Education and Research Fund each year.

Candidate Forum
Participate in the town-hall style candidate forum with all candidates for the president-election position on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1-2 p.m. Eastern

At the time of application, individuals must have: full-time employment at a higher education institution; institutional membership; a signed institutional support form; and a commitment to fulfilling the duties of the position for the length of the term. Applicants must also demonstrate an understanding of ACUI’s vision, core values, and core competencies, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Candidates for president-elect are encouraged to have previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Time Commitment

Association-leading volunteer positions require a commitment of two or more years, except for student positions which have a one-year term. During the course of the term, volunteers should anticipate at least four hours of conference call and project work per month, in addition to attending in-person ACUI Leadership Team meetings.