Description: TOA President-Elect

Term: May 2018 – May 2019 (followed by one year as President and one year as Immediate Past-President)

Basic Function:
Serves as an Executive Officer and as a voting member of the Executive Council. Assumes the responsibilities of the sitting President in his or her absence. The President-Elect will automatically become President in May 2018 for one year. Serves as Chair of the 2019 Program (Annual Meeting) Committee.

Responsibilities of the Executive Council as a Whole:

  1. Directs all affairs of the Texas Ophthalmological Association consistent with its policies and bylaws. 
  2. Fills vacancies in any elected office of the Association. Approves nominations for each elected office.
  3. Approves the Association operating budget each fiscal year.
  4. Determines Association positions on legislative, regulatory and judicial matters.
  5. Recruits and retains members. Determines dues amounts for membership categories.  Reviews the action of all Association committees, the Foundation and the Political Action Committee for consistency with short or long-range policy/mission objectives.
  6. Employs and sets compensation for the Executive Director.

Responsibilities of Individual Executive Council Members:

  1. Serves as “an ambassador of goodwill” for the TOA at all times while advancing and implementing the Texas Ophthalmological Association’s mission and general purpose. 
  2. As his/her own expense, attends the three regularly-scheduled Executive Council meetings, usually held on Saturdays in winter, spring and fall. On occasion, an officer may participate via speaker phone. If any officer fails to attend two consecutive regularly-scheduled meetings of the Executive Council, the office shall be declared vacant. 
  3. Participates in specially-called meetings (usually via conference call). 
  4. Serves on standing or ad-hoc committees if appointed. 
  5. Annually reviews the anti-competitive and conflict of interest policies and signs a conflict of interest disclosure form.
  6. Serves as a volunteer and receives no compensation.

Specific Responsibilities of the President-Elect:

  1. The President-Elect will automatically assume the office of TOA President upon conclusion of the 2019 Annual Meeting and shall serve as President from May 2019 – May 2020. Will continue to serve as an Executive Council member as Immediate Past-President from May 2020 – May 2021. As Immediate-Past President, he or she will chair the Nominating Committee. 
  2. The President-Elect will appoint and chair the 2019 Program Committee (Annual Scientific Meeting). Will serve as an ex-officio board member of the TOA Foundation for three years (as president-elect, president and past president).
  3. Will attend the AAO’s Mid-Year Forum and Congressional Advocacy Day in Washington DC in April, 2019. Note that the TOA reimburses travel and lodging expenses for the sitting President-Elect to attend this event. 
  4. The President-Elect shall not succeed him or herself in office; however, he or she may be re-elected after a period of not less than two years. 
  5. The President-Elect shall preside in the absence of the President. 
  6. If the President dies or resigns during his terms of office, the president-elect shall assume the presidency.