The name of the organization shall be the Graceland University Alumni Association.
The objectives of the Association are:
1. To promote the welfare of Graceland University; and
2. To foster a close, mutually beneficial relationship between Graceland University and its alumni and friends, and;
3. To support the president, trustees, faculty, and staff in the advancement of the University.
All former students having completed twelve (12) semester hours or more at Graceland University and all faculty and former faculty of Graceland University are members of the Association.
An annual meeting of members of the Association shall be held at Graceland University at the time of Homecoming Weekend, on a day and at an hour named by the President of the Association with respect to each meeting, to confirm the Association's Board of Directors, and to act upon such other matters as may properly come before the meeting. Meetings of members at other times and places shall be called by the President at the request of a petition of one hundred association members or at the request of a majority of the members of the Board of Directors.
Members may vote by ballot or show of hands at the annual meeting. An absentee ballot shall be included in the summer issue of the official alumni publication and deadline for returning said ballot shall be the date of the annual meeting. Each member shall have one vote for each Director's position to be filled and one vote on each other matter submitted to the members for decision.
Section 1. Board of Directors. The government of the Association shall be vested in the Board of Directors. All Directors must be members of the Association. The Board shall consist of not less than twelve nor more than twenty-four Directors, the exact number to be specified from time to time by resolution of the Board of Directors. A maximum of sixteen Directors shall be nominated by the Board of Directors and confirmed by the Association members at their annual meeting. A maximum of eight additional Directors may be appointed by the Board of Directors. One tenured faculty member shall be appointed by the Dean of Faculty to be a voting member of the Board of Directors. Each Director shall serve for a term of four years commencing on the calendar year following the date of his/her election/appointment.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall have responsibility for and authority with respect to all of the business of the Association, with full power and authority to manage and conduct the same.
Section 1. The officers of the Association shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Director of Alumni Programs.
Section 2. The President, the Vice-President, and the Secretary shall be elected from among the Directors, by majority vote of the Board of Directors at the spring meeting of the Board, to be seated at the summer meeting of the Board, and shall serve a term of two years. No person shall hold more than one office simultaneously.
Section 3. Although the Director of Alumni Programs is an officer of the Association, the Director of Alumni Programs is an employee of Graceland University. The Board President or an appropriate committee of the Association shall confer with and make suggestions to the President or other officials of the University as to the employment of the Director of Alumni Programs, who does not need to be a member of the Association. The Director of Alumni Programs is a non-voting officer of the Board.
This Constitution may be amended by a majority vote of the Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting, the amendments as passed by the Board of Directors being thereafter submitted for approval to the members of the Association at the next annual meeting. Upon obtaining the approval of a majority of the members present and voting at such meeting, the proposed amendment shall be deemed effective.