Maria C. Lehman, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE
By a vote of 66.5% in favor and 33.5% against, the membership also defeated the proposed constitutional amendment intended to allow Student Members the right to vote. Amendments to the constitution require the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of those members voting.
If you have questions regarding the election results, please contact Patty Montgomery, Managing Director of Executive and Board Operations, at
The ASCE Board of Direction received for first consideration and discussion at its July 2020 meeting a Constitutional amendment that would allow ASCE Student Members the right to vote. As required by the governing documents, the amendment was presented for second reading consideration at the October 2020 meeting. The Board of Direction APPROVED the amendment by two-thirds vote and RECOMMENDS approval by the Society’s membership.
The amended Constitutional language is as follows:
2.0 Grades and Qualifications. Membership in the Society is available worldwide to civil engineers, civil engineering students, and other persons similarly qualified in another branch of engineering or in an allied profession. The voting membership grades of the Society shall be Student Member, Affiliate Member, Associate Member, Member, Fellow, Distinguished Member, and President-Emeritus. The non-voting membership grade of the Society shall be Student Member. The rights, privileges, responsibilities and qualifications of membership shall be set forth in the Society’s Bylaws and/or other appropriate governing documents.
Following is a daily update of member participation in the 2021 election
compared to the same time in 2020.
The President is the chief elected officer of the Society and the chief representative and spokesperson for the Society, working in partnership with the Executive Director. As the chief elected executive, the President chairs the Board of Direction and the Executive Committee, and exercises those executive functions defined by the Society's governing documents. The President represents the Society, domestically and internationally, to members and others, and in this role strives to educate and motivate members and potential members, strengthen the Society, promote Society principles and policies, fulfill Society goals, influence Society future directions, and implement Board of Direction decisions.
The President-elect's primary duty is to prepare for a term as President. The President-elect serves as the communications link between the Society and its Organizational Entities, represents the Society with other associations, industry groups or other organizations as requested by the President, Executive Committee or Board of Direction; sets goals and develops structure for the upcoming administration; nominates for Board of Direction approval members for service on the Board, Society, and Strategic Initiative Committees.
The Past President provides to the Society the experience and knowledge gained while serving as President and serves to assure continuing utilization of experience and knowledge gained while President, serves on the American Society of Civil Engineers Foundation Board of Directors, chairs the Presidents-Emeriti Council, and chairs the Executive Director's Compensation Review Panel.
Duties of the Technical Region Directors include establishing Society policy and working with staff, members of the Board to accomplish and monitor Society goals and objectives; providing leadership at Technical Region Board of Governors meetings; and advocating for Society policies.
A Society Director represents the Society's best interests as a member of the Board of Direction. As a member of the Board, a Society Director helps monitor and steer the Society toward its goals. A Society Director acts as the conduit between Society corporate operations and the Organizational Entities and the Constituents. A Society Director shall serve as chair of their Region Board, and also serve on Board Committees, Society Committees, task committees and/or in other roles as assigned.
Region Governors shall serve on Board Committees, Society Committees, and Constituent Committees as appointed, provide leadership at Council meetings, Workshops for Section and Branch Leaders and Younger Member Forums, attend meetings of Councils, Sections, Branches, student organizations, technical and professional groups and Younger Members and file a report to the Region Board of Governors following each.
Members in good standing who are interested in seeking an elected position may contact their Region Director or
for information on how to apply.
All Candidates for office must submit the following election documents by 5:00 p.m. EST on December 1:
First- and second-year Society Directors should expect to spend a minimum of 51 days per year attending various meetings; third year Society Directors should expect a minimum of 66 days per year.
In addition to the meeting days, a Society Director should be willing to spend time in preparation for and travel to meetings. Many of these days will be over weekends, but week days will also be required. A Society Director must be able to attend all Board and applicable committee meetings to be effective and to provide adequate representation.
Financial requirements are also substantial. The Society reimburses Society Directors for reasonable transportation costs, plus $135 per authorized room night for meetings attended. The Society Director bears all other expenses including registration fees for the Annual Convention. There is no reimbursement for spouse travel.
Candidates for President-elect must first determine whether to pursue nomination through their Geographic Region Nominating Committee, Technical Region Nominating Committee, or as a Past At-Large Director.
Candidates for Geographic Region Director shall submit election materials to the Chair of their Geographic Region Nominating Committee and the Society Secretary not later than December 1.
Candidates for Technical Region Director shall submit election materials to the Chair or President of their Primary Institute, the Chair of the Technical Region Board of Governors, and the Society Secretary not later than November 1.
Candidates for Region Governor shall submit election materials to the Chair of their Geographic Region Nominating Committee and the Society Secretary not later than December 1.
For detailed descriptions of the process for each office, please review the
Rules of Policy and Procedure.