Question: We seem to have an “old guard” and “new blood” on our board. It’s obviously just a matter of time before the power shifts to the new members who want to breathe new life into the Board and the whole organization. I think this is unnecessary pain we’re going through. How should a Board handle the length of time a person can serve on a board?
Answer: First of all, it’s not necessarily the “old guard” that causes the problems that boards can have. People who have been around a long time can also accumulate wisdom and keep the organization on course. They don’t only hold to blind obedience to harmful tradition.
Still, the problem you raise is a common one for the same reason that many other problems exist. Boards don’t deal with problems until they occur. The solution to the problem of board members dying but not retiring should be solved before there is a problem. That is done in the Board Governance Manual, if it hasn’t already been covered in the bylaws by the members. Read more