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The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is now accepting nominations for the ITA Board of Directors.  Several of the current openings on the Board must be filled by ITA member coaches.

If you wish to be considered for a position on the ITA Board of Directors, for a term beginning on July 1, 2018, and/or nominate another individual, please send the nominations to Dr. Timothy Russell at Timothy.Russell@itatennis.com [including the nominee’s full name, e-mail address, street address, and phone number(s)].

Nominations must be received by January 24, 2018.


By-Law Requirement for Board Composition:
At least six Head College Tennis Coach Members
Chairman of the Board of the ITA
President/CEO of the ITA
Remaining Board members as selected by the Nominating Committee

Criteria / Among the Factors the Nominating Committee Will Consider:
In addition to Head Coach Members, the Nominating Committee will be seeking individuals from other walks of life, such as business, law, medicine, sports science, education, technology, media, entertainment, and philanthropy.  For example, the current Board includes, among others, the following:

a. a university President;
b. college Athletic Directors;
c. first-rate executives/business minds whose careers have been devoted to big picture thinking and strategic planning;
d. philanthropists who not only contribute to the ITA but also open doors to other contributors;
e. individuals with significant knowledge about technology, media, and marketing and how to harness them;
f. an individual with knowledge of the world of sports or entertainment; and
g. attorneys.

Of course, diversity and inclusion are important to the Nominating Committee in selecting a Board.  This is not only with respect factors such as race, sex, national origin, and age but also in terms of having diversity of experience, thought, and perspective.

The Board generally focuses on high-level matters such as big picture thinking, strategic planning, endowing the ITA, fundraising for the ITA, and helping enhance the visibility and stature of the ITA in the tennis world and the world of varsity college athletics.  The Board does not supplant the critical role of the ITA Operating Committees.

Characteristics and Competencies:
With the foregoing factors in mind, there are also general characteristics and competencies that the Nominating Committee will want to consider in recommending a slate for the ITA Board.  These are guideposts, rather than hitching posts, and they include the following (in alphabetical order):

Business / Financial Acumen
Courage of One’s Convictions
Full Engagement
Great Judgment
Knowledge & Experience re: How Universities & Athletic Departments Function
Organizational Skills
Philanthropic Profile:  Strong Donation History.  Possesses Fundraising Generosity, Passion, Skills, and Success
Tennis “DNA”

Term of Service:

To commence on July 1, 2018
One to three years of service (there will likely be staggered terms)

Board Meetings and Calls:

Two in-person Board meetings per year.  In 2018, most probably (a) the first long weekend in August in Chicago (August 2 – 5) and (b) the second long weekend in December during the ITA Annual Convention in Naples, Florida (December 13 – 16).
Two to four conference calls during the rest of the year – between one and two hours for each call.  To be scheduled as necessary or advisable.
Board attendance and engagement at Board meetings is essential.

Financial Expectations / Commitment:

The ITA currently does not have a “give or get” minimum.
It is, however, expected that every Board member will make a personal donation to the ITA.  100% participation is expected.
Personal donations of Board members typically range between $1,000 and $10,000 per year, and donations from corporations comprised of Board members or friends of the ITA typically range between $25,000 and $50,000.
Donation of “one-of-a-kind” / unique experiences for auctions and the ability to market and sell them

Reimbursement of Board Travel Expenses:

The ITA typically covers the cost of hotels and group meals of Board members for Board meetings.  There is a travel policy under which Board members may be reimbursed for their travel expenses up to $500 per Board meeting.

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