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CUNA to hold board elections

CUNA to hold elections for Board of Directors

October 6, 2021

Nominations are now being accepted for nine open director positions – eight regular elections and one special election – on CUNA’s Board of Directors. The deadline for nominations and seconds is Thursday, Nov. 11. In contested elections, voting will begin Nov. 16 and close Dec. 17.

Nomination information can be found on CUNA's website.

Each credit union nominee must be an employee or a voting board member of the nominating credit union, with the nomination seconded in writing by at least two other credit unions from the same class and, for Class A and B, district. 

Nominees to be elected by leagues must be a league chief executive officer and be nominated in writing by that league, with the nomination seconded in writing by at least one other league.

Directors elected in the regular election will take office upon the adjournment of CUNA's Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held Feb. 28, 2022, during CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference. 

The director elected in the special election will take office Dec. 17 and will serve through the 2023 AGM.

Two Class A and two Class B positions are up for election as follows:

  • District 2, Class A:  Credit unions having less than 38,000 members in Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia;
  • District 3, Class B:  Credit unions with at least 38,000 and not more than 141,000 members in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee;
  • District 5, Class B:  Credit unions with at least 38,000 and not more than 141,000 members in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming;
  • District 6, Class A:  Credit unions having less than 38,00 members in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, Johnston Atoll, Midway Atoll, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Atoll.

The special election will be held in

  • District 1, Class A:  Credit unions having less than 38,000 members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

Two Class C and two Class D positions are also up for election.

Elections for Class C (credit unions having more than 141,000 natural-person members) and Class D (leagues) will be conducted at-large nationwide, rather than by district. 

CUNA’s Bylaws state a maximum of 10 percent of the Board may be credit union directors from Class A, B or C from any one (1) state. In addition, no more than one voting CUNA Director shall be from the same credit union. No individual may hold more than one CUNA Director position.  The CUNA Board currently has two representatives from the following:

  • California – Terms of the two current CUNA directors from California expire in 2023 and 2024. Therefore, no candidates are eligible to be nominated and elected from California for the District 6, Class A position or the Class C position.
  • Texas – Terms of the two current CUNA Directors from Texas expire in 2023 and 2024. Therefore, no candidates are eligible to be nominated and elected from Texas for the District 5, Class B position or the Class C position.

CUNA’s board has determined that a board candidate should possess certain qualities and characteristics. The board also desires to be diverse and inclusive. The board considers diversity to encompass all the characteristics, experiences and cultural influences that make each person unique. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent plays a significant part in the strength of the CUNA board. 

Candidates should consider these characteristics, experiences and influences when self-assessing their qualifications for a Board position.  Candidates will have the opportunity to address how they meet these characteristics as they complete their candidate profile form.  CUNA’s Board considers these characteristics important in qualified and diverse candidates:

  • Demonstrated commitment and engagement in the CUNA/League System
  • Involvement in their credit union community
  • Proven decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated local, state and national CUNA advocacy experience/efforts
  • Business savvy
  • Communication skills
  • Strategic expertise
  • Dedication to credit union values
  • Leadership skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to ensuring diversity and inclusion in professional settings, e.g. qualifications, experience, geography, demographics, etc.