Bylaws of The Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching
ARTICLE I. NAME
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.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE
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 professional coaching.
Our mission is to define, advance, and sustain professional coach education globally by:
- Establishing and advocating standards that shape the academic discipline of coaching;
- Facilitating research activities that enhance the quality and effectiveness of the coaching profession;
- Building, sustaining, and supporting a collaborative community of leaders in coach education, research, and practice; and
- Championing, promoting, and amplifying the voice of professional coach education.
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 Institutional Members in good standing with GSAEC for three (3) consecutive years prior to official action to dissolve.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1. Membership in GSAEC shall consist of five types of members
Dues, qualification, rights, and responsibilities applying to each category of membership may be determined and/or modified by the Board of Directors from time to time.
Category One: Institutional Members
Such membership shall be limited to accredited universities, colleges, graduate schools and/or to departments of such institutions [Institutional Members] that support the mission and purpose of GSAEC and offer a) courses or programs that add professional coaching skills or principles to students’ existing education; OR b) courses or programs intended to educate professional coaches
Category Two: Representative Members
Institutional Members may designate one Voting Representative, one Alternate Representative, and up to eight Representative Members.
Roles and constituents of each Institutional Member’s Representative Members are subject to change at any time, at the sole discretion of the Governing Body or Designate of the Institutional Member, upon receipt of a written (hard copy or electronic) notice of change by the GSAEC Secretary or Designate.
Category Three: Individual Members
Such membership shall be limited to individuals who administer coaching programs, educate coaches, carry out coaching research or are faculty, staff, or graduates of a coaching-related academic program and who support the mission and purpose of GSAEC. The GSAEC Board of Directors may, at its sole discretion, invite additional individuals to join as individual members. .
Category Four: Student Members
Such membership shall be limited to individuals who are enrolled in a coach education program at a GSAEC Member Institution and who support the mission and purpose of GSAEC. Student Membership shall change to Individual Membership, with attendant dues, qualifications, rights, and responsibilities, on September 1 of the year following completion of the students’ coach education.
Category Five: Supporting Members
Such membership shall be limited to institutions/organizations that support the mission and purposes of GSAEC, including institutions that wish to develop professional coaching programs guided by the GSAEC academic standards. The governing body of each such institution/organization may appoint one individual as Supporting Member to coordinate the rights and responsibilities of the Supporting institution or organization.
The Board of Directors shall determine from time to time any other membership requirements that it deems appropriate.
SECTION 2. Any institution or organization desiring to become a Member of GSAEC under Category One: Institutional Members or Category Five: Supporting Members 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. Voting, Alternate, and Representative Members must be identified for Category One and a Supporting Member for Category Five applications. To be approved for membership, each applicant must satisfy the current criteria of the membership category being applied for and receive an affirmative vote of a majority of Directors present at a meeting of the Board at which a quorum has been established. Notice of approval or rejection shall be given to the applicant promptly.
Any individual or student desiring to become a Member of GSAEC under Category Three: Individual Members or Category Four: Student Members shall file a written application for membership with the Secretary of the Board of Directors or Designate in such form as the Board of Directors shall from time to time prescribe. To be approved for membership, each applicant must satisfy current criteria for the membership category being applied for and be recommended by majority vote of the Membership Committee and approved by the Secretary or Designate. Notice of approval or rejection shall be given to the applicant promptly.
Membership in GSAEC is not transferable or assignable.
SECTION 3. As part of the membership application process, potential Members must agree to applicable dues, rights, and responsibilities of Members in each Category.
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, including failure to pay dues, 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 (outside of the approved budget) or expend any funds on behalf of GSAEC or any other Member without the prior approval of the Board of Directors or its Designates. 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. Between Board meetings, the President or the Treasurer may authorize expenditures up to a limit set annually by 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.