[Wpfw-lsb] Thought on full LSB participation in GM recommendations
cjgatewood at netscape.net
Mon Oct 25 15:59:12 PDT 2004
Esteemed board members:
I came away from last week's meeting intrigued and appalled by the
results of Mark Robert's proposal concerning the protocol for full LSB
involvement in the recommendations for GM.
I will say, upfront, that I agree 100% with the position that Mark
articulated, although I was not confident that he had identified the
most appropriate way to handle the issue. Perhaps others felt this way
and this was the reason his proposal was defeated. My sense was that the
majority placed a higher priority on the integrity of the GM search
committee than they did on full LSB involvement in the decision.
This suggests to me that there was wisdom in Acie's proposal to table
the decision for an executive session. Whether this would have helped, I
cannot say, but clearly the format for last week's meeting and the
ensuing "discussion" did not permit any opportunities for clear thinking
to find the most appropriate solution.
I would like to offer these thoughts for your consideration on this matter:
(1) The full LSB will need to approve the recommendations of the MASC
before their recommendations become official. What will be the basis of
the full board's decision? How will they be informed/ educated? Please,
deal with these questions now, before the decision is upon you.
Call upon your chair and vice-chair to establish a task force made
up of two MASC members and two non-MASC members to work out a proposal
for the full board to vote on at the November meeting. If you would be
willing to serve on this task force, let them know.
(2) Regardless of the results of the task force I am recommending,
any LSB member who desires to participate in the remaining activities of
the MASC can and should become members of the MASC at this time. This
way, they could "officially" bring themselves up to speed on committee
processes and decisions, if they have not already done so in their
capacity as board members. They could also commit to any protocols that
have been established concerning privacy of candidates, etc.
I'm not sure if the steps I have suggested are the most appropriate, but
I hope you will give them consideration and perhaps refine and improve
But please, do so quickly so that a well-articulated proposal on this
topic can be submitted for full board consideration in November.
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