Frequently Asked Questions – Proposed Governance Model

Why is the 2019 Omicron Delta Kappa Conclave being held?

The purpose of this conclave is to consider the proposal, and related documents, for the consolidation of the legal entities of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society and the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation. In accordance with current Society Constitution and Bylaws, all circles are hereby called to present one delegate at the conclave for the purposes of discussing and voting on the proposed governance changes.

What will be voted upon at the conclave?

Delegates will vote to suspend the current Society Constitution and Society Bylaws and to adopt revised National Bylaws.  In order, delegates will have the opportunity to vote upon the adoption of the Omicron Delta Kappa Operating Policies and Procedures Handbook.

Has O∆K changed its governance structure before?

Yes, since its founding in 1914, there have been a number of governance model changes through the years.  This page contains information about the history of O∆K’s governance.  A timeline chronicling the changes in governance structures may be found here.

What is the rationale for changing the governance structure for Omicron Delta Kappa?

There are several reasons for consideration of the proposal to merge the legal entities of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation into a single organization.  They are primarily for reasons of efficient and effective governance and cost-savings.  More information is available is here.

What is the composition of the proposed new board for the O∆K Society and Educational Foundation, Inc.?

The proposed new board will have 28 members including three collegiate members, three advisors, several appointed officers, and alumni trustees.  The membership of the proposed board may be found here.

What are the functions of the proposed new board?

These are the proposed functions for the governing board:

  • Determine mission and purpose of overall organization; recruit and engage a competent board.
  • Select the president/chief executive officer; support and evaluate the president/chief executive officer.
  • Ensure effective planning, legal integrity, and ethical integrity; enhance the organization’s public standing.
  • Monitor and strengthen programs and services.
  • Ensure adequate financial resources; protect assets and provide financial oversight; oversee audit.
  • Elect chair and chair-elect of board.

What are the roles, responsibilities, and requirements of non-elected/non-appointed officer trustees?

One of the primary missions of The Omicron Delta Kappa Society and Educational Foundation, Inc. will be to develop a philanthropic community that supports the leadership programs and capabilities of O∆K and its members. In furtherance of this mission, the organization will accept gifts; manage the investment of endowments; and ensure that contributions are used consistent with donor intent. In doing so, the Society and Educational Foundation will strive to promote, nurture, and expand the culture of support for Omicron Delta Kappa. There are significant financial obligations for the non-elected/non-appointed officer trustees in the new governance model.  A complete roles and responsibilities outline is available here.

What is the process by which collegiate members will be elected to the Board of Trustees?

The proposed process is still in development pending the confirmation of whether electronic voting is allowed.

What is the process by which advisors will be elected to the Board of Trustees?

The proposed process is still in development pending the confirmation of whether electronic voting is allowed.