Bylaws of The Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching
SECTION 1. The name of the organization is The Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching (hereinafter referred to as “GSAEC”).
SECTION 2. The principal office shall be in the State of Georgia at a location to be determined by GSAEC’s Board of Directors. GSAEC may have other offices at such place, or places, within or without the State of Georgia, as the Board of Directors may determine from time to time.
SECTION 1. As an alliance of academic institutions, the Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching (GSAEC) members work collaboratively to support continuous improvement of graduate-level education in executive and organizational coaching.
Our mission is to strengthen the discipline of graduate coach education by offering resources to academic institutions enabling them to design, develop and deliver executive and organizational coaching programs. We fulfill this mission by:
- Promoting and facilitating university program alignment with academic program standards;
- Compiling, organizing, sharing and sponsoring research that builds the executive and organizational coach education community and contributes to a common body of knowledge; and
- Building, sustaining, and supporting a collaborative community of educators, researchers, practitioners, and consumers.
SECTION 2. GSAEC shall be organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. No part of the net earnings or assets of GSAEC shall inure to the benefit of any private individual or other person having a private or personal interest in the activities of GSAEC, except that GSAEC shall be authorized to pay reasonable compensation for necessary services actually rendered to it, and to pay reasonable expenses, and make payments and distributions, necessary for it to operate.
SECTION 3. Upon the dissolution or liquidation of GSAEC, all funds or other assets then remaining in its possession shall be transferred or conveyed proportionally, as determined and approved by the Board of Directors, to Members in good standing with GSAEC for three (3) consecutive years prior to official action to dissolve.
SECTION 1. Membership in GSAEC shall consist of four types of members:
Category One: Institutional
Such membership shall be limited to regionally-accredited universities, colleges, graduate schools and/or to departments of such institutions that support the mission and purpose of GSAEC and offer a) courses or programs that add executive, organizational, or leadership coaching skills or principles to students’ existing professional education; OR b) courses or programs intended to educate professional executive, organizational, or leadership coaches; OR c) courses or programs that utilize executive, organizational, or leadership coaching in higher education.
Institutions may designate up to two individuals to represent them as members, subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the institution.
Membership qualification requirements related to institutional accreditation will be at the direction of the Board.
Category Two: Individual
Such membership shall be limited to individuals who are full or part-time faculty/staff of a current or qualifying GSAEC member institution and/or have successfully completed a coach education program at said institution, and who support the mission and purpose of GSAEC. In addition, the GSAEC Board of Directors may, at its sole discretion, invite other individuals to join as individual members.
Category Three: Student
Such membership shall be limited to individuals who are enrolled in a coach education program at a GSAEC member institution and support the mission and purpose of GSAEC. Student members shall be deemed an individual member in the calendar year following completion of their coach education.
Category Four: Supporting Organizations
Such membership shall be limited to non-academic institutions that support the mission and purposes of GSAEC.
The Board of Directors shall determine from time to time any other membership requirements that it deems appropriate.
SECTION 2. Any institution, individual/student, or organization desiring to become a Member of GSAEC shall file a written application for membership with the Secretary of the Board of Directors in such form as the Board of Directors shall from time to time prescribe. To be elected to membership, each applicant must satisfy the criteria for membership applicable at the time and receive the affirmative vote of a majority of the Directors present at a meeting of the Board at which a quorum has been established. Notice of acceptance or rejection shall be given to the applicant promptly. Membership in GSAEC is not transferable or assignable.
SECTION 3. Upon approval of membership by the Board of Directors, new Members will sign a standard Member Agreement that specifies the duties and responsibilities of Members.
SECTION 4. With thirty (30) days prior written notice to a Member, membership may be terminated by the Board for failure to fulfill requirements of membership or for conduct on the part of a Member that is deemed prejudicial to the welfare of GSAEC. Such action shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Directors present and voting at a meeting of the Board at which a quorum has been established. A Member may request and shall be granted an opportunity to be heard at any Board meeting at which the Board is considering action on the Member’s status with GSAEC.
SECTION 5. No Member shall incur any expenses or expend any funds on behalf of GSAEC or any other Member without the prior approval of the Board of Directors. Furthermore, no Member shall unilaterally undertake any action, which could potentially result in liability or the expenditure of funds by GSAEC, or any other Member without the prior written approval of the Board.
SECTION 6. Any Member may voluntarily resign as a Member of GSAEC by filing written resignation with the Secretary of the Board of Directors at least 30 days prior to the effective date of the resignation. No resignation shall relieve any Member from liability for dues or assessments that may be accrued and/or unpaid at the time such resignation is filed.