November 3, 2012: Extension of Board Nomination Period

Dear Global Health Council Members,

Due to the disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy, we are extending the deadline for nomination submissions for the Board of Directors for the renewed Global Health Council to 11:59PM EST November 19, 2012.

We would appreciate your assistance in identifying one or more outstanding individuals suitable for election to the Board. The term is up to three years and requires active participation and attendance at three meetings per year. Key responsibility includes providing oversight and policy direction to the organization and support for fundraising efforts. The individual should also carry considerable respect and credibility within the community of global health professionals, and have solid strategic sense to inform and guide the Council’s directions. Ideally, they would help to connect the Council to other relevant networks. There is no compensation for Board participation.

Nominations should be sent to Christopher Gibbs at

Please remember to include a one or two paragraph biography along with your principal reasons for recommending this individual, addressing their particular area of expertise that will be most beneficial for moving the Global Health Council forward. Biographies and expertise are required for nomination consideration.

All members are encouraged to nominate a candidate for the Board, only individual members can vote on the final candidates. Associate members are not eligible to vote.


Board of Directors
Global Health Council

The BoardSource Ten Basic Responsibilities of Board Members

(Board Source, formerly National Center for Nonprofit Boards – November, 2002)

  1. Determine the organization’s mission and purpose. It is the board’s responsibility to create and review a statement of mission and purpose that articulates the organization’s goals, means, and primary constituents served.
  2. Select the chief executive. Boards must reach consensus on the chief executive’s responsibilities and undertake a careful search to find the most qualified individual for the position.
  3. Provide proper financial oversight. The board must assist in developing the annual budget and ensuring that proper financial controls are in place.
  4. Ensure adequate resources. One of the board’s foremost responsibilities is to provide adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission
  5. Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability. The board is ultimately responsible for ensuring adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
  6. Ensure effective organizational planning. Boards must actively participate in an overall planning process and assist in implementation and monitoring the plan’s goals.
  7. Recruit and orient new board members and assess board performance. All boards have a responsibility to articulate prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluate its own performance.
  8. Enhance the organization’s public standing. The board should clearly articulate the organization’s mission, accomplishments, and goals to the public and garner support from the community.
  9. Determine, monitor, and strengthen the organization’s programs and services. The board’s responsibility is to determine which programs are consistent with the organization’s mission and to monitor their effectiveness.
  10. Support the chief executive and assess his or her performance. The board should ensure that the chief executive has the moral and professional support he or she needs to further the goals of the organization.