We should continue to elect the board of directors, but we need to provid=
mechanisms for them to state their positions on important issues and answ=
On balance, I think we should continue to have appointed Vice-Presidents.=
This is based on my knowledge of the job of the V.P. Admissions. (While I=
never was V.P. Admissions, but I worked closely with them during my time =
the Exam Committee.) The V.P. Admissions has been a veteran of the
examination/education process. This knowledge together with years of
experience is very important to his many tasks, such as finalizing passin=
While V.P.s influence policy, many of their duties are also
They are in some sense analogous to cabinet officers. In many cases, the
appointment to V.P. is based on the work the person did as the head of a
committee, something the general membership may not be familiar enough wi=
to judge properly. I think on balance we are well served by shying away
from electing V.P.s.
I could see many reasons to elect the V.P of Admissions. But then one
could argue that the head of the Exam Committee should also be elected. W=
not all the officers of the Exam Committee and every other Committee? We
have to draw the line somewhere. Reasonable people can disagree about whe=
to draw that line.
In my opinion, for now we should open up the current election process and=
allow meaningful debates of issues by the candidates. In my opinion, this=
would be a large step in the right direction.
Howard Mahler, FCAS
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