ARTICLE I – NAME AND OFFICE
The organization shall be designated as the Academy of International Business, United States Northeast Chapter; or, in short as AIB US NE. As such, AIB US NE is a sub national chapter of the Academy of International Business.
The offices of the AIB US NE shall be located at the address of the AIB US NE Chapter Chair or at such other place as may be designated by the AIB US NE Chapter Chair.
ARTICLE II – MISSION AND OBJECTIVES
The mission of the AIB US NE is to foster education and to advance professional standards in the field of international business within the Northeastern United States.
The objectives of the AIB US NE are:
- to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among educators and between business and academic fields;
- to encourage and assist research activities which advance knowledge of international business operations and increase the available body of teaching materials;
- to cooperate whenever possible with government, business and academic organizations for the furtherance of these basic objectives. However, to avoid the compromise of the intellectual integrity of its members, the AIB US NE shall not adopt a partisan position on any matter involving particularistic interests (either private or public);
- in general, to support the activities of the parent organization, the Academy of International Business; and in particular, to increase the membership of that Academy.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
All members in-good-standing of the Academy of International Business (AIB) who reside and/or work within the Northeastern United States (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia) are also members of the AIB US NE. Members of the AIB US NE are subject to the Constitution and Bylaws of the parent organization (AIB). There shall be no separate levy of membership dues for chapter membership in the AIB US NE. All elected officers of the AIB US NE must be AIB members in good standing, whose primary chapter affiliation is with the Northeast USA region.
In addition, honorary membership in the AIB US NE will be made available in special cases such as plenary speakers at the annual meeting. Persons will be nominated for such honorary membership by the Chapter Executive Committee.
ARTICLE IV – MEETINGS
An Annual Meeting of the AIB US NE shall be held at such time and place as determined by the Chapter Executive Committee.
ARTICLE V – GOVERNMENT
The Government of the AIB US NE will be vested in a Chapter Executive Committee, which shall include the following officers: Chapter Chair, Vice-Chair, First-Year (Current) Program Chair, Second-Year (Future) Program Chair. The Immediate Past Chapter Chair shall serve a one year term in an ex-officio capacity. The Chapter Executive Committee shall determine policies of the AIB US NE consistent with the Constitution and By-Laws. A majority of the Chapter Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum at official meetings.
The AIB US NE’s eligible voting members shall elect the Chapter Chair and Vice-Chair for a term of three years by a majority of the votes cast. The election of these positions normally shall be by mail ballot. The candidates for Chapter Chair and Vice-Chair will be selected by a Nominating Committee and announced at the Annual Meeting. Any AIB US NE member may also nominate a candidate for either position at the Annual Meeting by presenting a petition of nomination signed by at least ten AIB US NE members.
Ballots will be mailed to all members in good standing no later than July 31 of the appropriate year. The deadline for the return receipt of the ballots shall be September 15 of the same year. Candidates receiving the largest number of votes, out of the votes cast for a particular office, shall be deemed elected and their names forwarded to the parent organization’s Executive Board for approval.
A Second-Year (Future) Program Chair shall be selected by the Chapter Executive Committee no later than January 1 of the year preceding that in which he or she will act as Program Chair for the Annual Meeting of the AIB US NE. The Second-Year (Future) Program Chair becomes the First-Year (Current) Program Chair on January 1 of the year in which he or she will act as Program Chair for the Annual Meeting of the AIB US NE. The term of office of First-Year (Current) Program Chair shall be one calendar year.
No individual shall hold the same office for more than two consecutive terms. Student and institutional members are not eligible to hold positions on the Chapter Executive Committee.
The duties of each office are specified separately in the By-Laws of this Chapter.
ARTICLE VI – AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION
Amendment of the constitution shall be effected by a two-thirds majority of the votes cast by the membership in response to a mailed ballot. Membership shall be judged to include the members with voting rights as prescribed in Article III, who are in good standing 60 days prior to the date of mailing the ballot.
Proposals to amend the constitution will be mailed to the membership when endorsed in writing by at least fifteen members, or endorsed by a majority of the members in attendance at the Annual Meeting, or endorsed by a majority of the Chapter Executive Committee. An amendment that is in conflict with the Constitution and By-Laws of the parent organization (AIB) will not be forwarded for vote without the explicit consent of the AIB Executive Board.