ARA Board Applications
As is set forth in the constitution of the Association of Rice Alumni, the ARA Board of Directors is charged with the management and control of the association, its programs, affairs, policies and property.
Each fall, a committee chaired by the ARA President-elect, selects seven new alumni to serve as directors on the ARA board. ("Alumni" are defined as individuals who have attended Rice University one or more academic years, excluding current students.) Equal consideration is given to all applications, and the committee strives to maintain a diverse group of directors who represent the alumni body to the university and represent the ARA to its constituents — Rice alumni.
Each director of the board must be committed to dedicate the time and energy necessary to make the ARA a success. The ARA board meets three times a year and all board members are expected to attend all meetings.
Apply to Serve as a Director on the ARA Board
If you would like to apply to serve on the ARA Board of Directors or nominate someone else to serve on the ARA Board, please complete the online form. Nominations are welcome at any time of the year, though the committee meets during the fall and winter to determine candidates for the following year. Candidates are notified of their nomination to the board in mid-March.
Applications for the ARA Board of Directors term beginning in July 2018 are due November 1, 2017.
Board Member Responsibilities
In order to carry out its mission to build a reciprocally beneficial relationship between Rice University and its alumni, the ARA board should consist of members who enthusiastically advocate and support its activities and who also take an active role in the life of the university. While the board understands that its members will have varied interests and strengths, all members are expected to meet the standards of participation outlined in this document.
Relating to the ARA Board and its Committees
The ARA board meets three times a year: typically once in the fall, winter, and spring (Commencement weekend). Board members commit to attend all three board meetings each year, subject only to unforeseeable exigencies. The fall and winter board meetings usually consist of a dinner or reception on Friday evening and the board meeting on Saturday from morning until mid-afternoon. The spring board meeting is also Saturday morning and afternoon, with the Laureates Dinner Saturday evening and no Friday function. Expenses incurred by ARA board members acting on official university or ARA board business can, upon request, be reimbursed in accordance with the ARA Travel and Expense Reimbursement Policy.
Board members commit to serve on an ARA standing committee (such as Nominations or Laureates) or other board committee. There should be little extra burden to non-Houstonians in serving on these committees, which make use of e-mail and telephone conferences.
Relating to ARA Programs and Activities
The ARA’s flagship events include Homecoming & Reunion, Alumni College and the annual Laureates Dinner. Board members commit to attend the Laureates Dinner each year. (As with the spring ARA board meeting, the Laureates Dinner is held Commencement weekend.) Board members are encouraged to attend Homecoming & Reunion every year. Expenses related to attending the Laureates Dinner, Homecoming & Reunion and other events throughout the year are the responsibility of individual board members.
Board members commit to attend any ARA event in their area involving the Rice president to which they are invited, subject only to unforeseeable exigencies, and to serve on ARA host and other event committees if asked.
Board members who live outside of Houston commit to take an active role in local alumni activities and in promoting ARA and Rice involvement to fellow alumni.
Board members commit to being active between board meetings by responding to ARA related e-mails and correspondence and participating in e-mail and conference call discussions and votes.
Board members should take advantage of some of the many opportunities to get involved in the life of the university. Examples include joining the Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admission, involvement as a community associate at one of the colleges, participating in the online Rice Career Network, work on fundraising campaigns, or any one of dozens of other similar opportunities. More information regarding volunteer opportunities at Rice can be found in the “Volunteer” section of the ARA web site.
Giving to Rice
Many foundations and philanthropic institutions from whom Rice seeks donations will not consider making a gift to a non-profit organization unless its leadership is unanimously on record as contributing. Recognizing the importance of alumni giving in general and participation in the Rice Annual Fund in particular, the ARA board of directors in November 2008 committed to 100 percent annual support of the Rice Annual Fund. All board members commit to contribute each year to the Rice Annual Fund. This can be for any amount suitable to one’s circumstances and must be in addition to any other gift made to the university.