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OHIO University (India) Alumni Society

Ohio University Alumni Association

Athens, Ohio

Article I

The name of the Organization shall be the OHIO University (India) Alumni Society.

The purpose of the Society shall be to aid and promote the general welfare of the OHIO University Alumni in India in order to achieve the goals of the Alumni Association and to promote and facilitate the active involvement of alumni and friends of the OHIO University (India) Alumni Society.

Article II- Affiliation

The OHIO University (India) Alumni Society is an official constituency of the Ohio University Alumni Association.

Article III - Membership

Membership in the Society is open to all alumni and friends of the OHIO University. Membership will not exclude any alumni or friends who are affiliated or associated with the OHIO University.

Ohio University Alumni are those persons who have completed one (1) year of participation with the OHIO University Programs.

Friends are those persons, agencies, and organizations that have demonstrated an interest in the general welfare of the OHIO University (India) Alumni Society.

Article IV – Board of Directors

The affairs of the Society shall be managed by a Board of Directors, a majority of whom shall be alumni of the OHIO University India MBA Program, all of whom shall be regular members in good standing of this society and representative of all eras of the OHIO University India MBA Program.

The number of Directors, terms of office, and manner in which they are elected shall be set forth in the Bylaws.

The powers and duties of the Board of Directors shall include the powers and duties normally enjoyed by the Board of Directors of similar organizations; provided, however, the powers and duties are in accordance with the policies and regulations of Ohio University and the Ohio University Alumni Association; and, in addition to the powers and duties set forth in the Bylaws.

Article V – Meetings

There shall be at least four scheduled meetings of the Board of Directors held annually at such time and place as may be determined by the Executive Committee; two may be a conference call. The spring meeting is designated as the Annual Meeting. Notice of the date, time, and place of each meeting shall be given to the members at least (60) days prior to the meeting.

A report of the Annual Meeting shall be submitted to the Executive Director, Ohio University Alumni Association or their designee by the Society Executive Committee and shall include accomplishments from the previous year and the plans for the future.

Article VI – Amendments

This Constitution may be amended or repealed at any meeting of the Board of Directors, by a favorable vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the board members present.

Article VII – Procedures

Roberts Rules of Order shall be the governing parliamentary procedure of the Society.

Article VIII – Meetings

Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be the governing parliamentary procedures of the Society.

Special meetings may be called by the Executive Committee or by and five (5) members of the Board of Directors. Notice of special meetings will be given to each member of the Board of Directors ten (10) days in advance of the meeting and shall include the purpose and the location of the meeting.

Board committees may call supplemental meetings throughout the year at their discretion.

Article IX – Board of Directors

The initial Board of Directors shall be elected by the organization’s Steering Committee.

The Board of Directors shall number eleven (11) elected directors, six (6) shall each be elected for a term of three (3) years, and five (5) shall be elected for a term of two (2) year and/or until the qualification and election of their successors. Terms of the directors shall be staggered so that no more than one-third (1/3) of the members shall change in any one (1) year. The Director of the campus society or Dean of the College his/her appointed representative shall serve as a non-voting advisor to the society.

Directors are selected as follows:

  1. All directors shall be nominated and elected from regular membership. Nominations may be made by alumni and friends of OHIO University (India) Alumni Society.

  1. Directors shall be nominated and approved by the Board of Directors in accordance with Article IV of the Constitution.

  1. No director who has held office for two (2) full terms or six (6) consecutive years shall be eligible for a third term for at least one (1) year with the exception of the person serving as President who shall be allowed to serve as immediate Past President the following year with the understanding that the subsequent year would be the rotational year of the board.

  1. The immediate Past President of the Society shall automatically be a member of the Board of Directors for two (2) years.

  1. Officers of the Society, as defined by Article III of the Bylaws, shall be members of the Board of Directors.

  1. The Executive Director of Ohio University Alumni Relations or his/her designated appointee shall be advisor to the Board of Directors.

Article X – Officers

The officers of the Society shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, and Immediate Past President. The officer’s term shall be two (2) years. The officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors or from within the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.

Duties of the Officers:

a. President

The President or his/her designee shall preside at all meetings of the Society or its Directors, appoint committees, and serve as member thereof for two (2) years. The President shall exercise all powers and perform all responsibilities delegated by the Board of Directors.

b. Vice President

The Vice President shall perform such duties assigned by the President and Bylaws shall be vested with all of the powers and responsibilities of the President during the absence or disability of the President. The Vice President is Chairman of the Nominations Committee for the Board of Directors.

c. Secretary

The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping official minutes, records of votes, resolutions, and proceedings for the Society and its Board of Directors. This information shall be forwarded to the Executive Director of the Ohio University Alumni Association or his/her designated appointee.

d. Immediate Past President

The Immediate Past President shall serve as a voting member of the Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee. The immediate Past President shall preside meetings in the absence of the President or Vice President.

e. Vacancies

The President shall have the authority to fill, by appointment, vacancies in the office(s) of Vice President or Secretary on an interim basis until the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board.

Article XI – Committees

The Board of Directors shall have the power to create from time to time such committees, standing or special, and to give them such powers and authority, as it shall deem best, and to revoke their appointment.

Standing committees shall include, but not limited to the Executive Committee, Alumni/Student Committee, Nominations Committee, and Planning and Networking Committee.

1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Board of Directors.

2. The Alumni/Student Recognition Committee shall consider and recommend to the Board of Directors awards, scholarships and honors to be issued by the society and recipients thereof.

3. The Nominations Committee shall consist of not less than three (3) members appointed by the President. The committee shall be responsible for submitting a slate of nominations for the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.

4. The Planning and Networking Committee shall identify means to enhance the activities of the Society and provide for improved effectiveness in achieving participation, financial support, and loyalty.

The following criteria shall be used for selection of the nominees:

A. They must be willing to provide faithful service to Ohio University

B. They must have the ability and dedication to attend all meetings of the Board of Directors. Missing three (3) meetings during one term may result in the board member being replaced.

C. They must be a credit to Ohio University.

D. They must promote and assist in the implementation of all Society programs approved and sponsored by the Board of Directors.

E. They must conform to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society.

Article XII – Special Committees

Special Committees or ad hoc committees may be established at the discretion of the President or by majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Article XIII – Alumni Mailing List

The University has charged the Office of Alumni/Development Records with the responsibility of maintaining official alumni records. Separate alumni mailing lists shall be for selected programs or events. Address or record changes received by the Society shall be forwarded to the Offices of Alumni Relations and Development.

Article XIV – Fund Raising

In accordance with established university policy, the Society shall not plan, organize, or conduct and fundraising activities without approval of the Office of Development.

Article XV– Student Representatives

The Board of Directors shall appoint at the Annual Meeting an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the OHIO University India MBA Program (college or society) as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors. The Director or Dean of the OHIO University India MBA Program will nominate this student.

Article XVI – Historian

The Historian shall be appointed by the President and shall be responsible for gathering, cataloging and maintaining any such artifacts owned by, or on loan to, the Society.


These Bylaws may be amended or replaced at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the number of members in attendance at the meeting, with the exception of the Bylaws, or Sections thereof, which are included in accordance with policies and regulations of Ohio University, OHIO University (India) Alumni Society and/or the Ohio University Alumni Association, which shall be amended or repealed by the respective authorizing institution.


Link to Alumni

The chapter would provide alumni with an opportunity to continue a connection to Ohio University though means of an organized group. The Chapter would also plan activities for alumni and assist in keeping communication links open by updating addresses and information on graduates.

Career Assistance

Alumni who are established in their careers and corporations can provide other alumni with guidance and support in their search for career growth. Alumni can also provide students with externships and internships.

Social Network

The chapter networks provide a social framework for alumni. The Ohio University experience provides a common bond from which to develop relationships.

Community/Philanthropic Service

Chapter involvement at the community level enhances public relations while giving the opportunity to get persons involved that would not ordinarily participate. Making a difference within the community changes what often may be purely social programming into meaningful involvement, with high returns for Ohio University in the recognition of local alumni as community leaders.

Student Recruiting

Chapter networks support the University when they are involved with the student recruitment process. Alumni help identify top prospects throughout the country and attract them to campus. Alumni also represent the University by participating in the Volunteer Alumni Admissions Network (VAAN) and become an integral part of the University’s recruitment process.

Support for Higher Education

The chapter would help the university reach its goal of public support for and financial commitment to higher education by encouraging alumni involvement and personal contact with legislative representatives. Alumni can influence crucial decisions.


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