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One question I would like to get an answer to (Bruce may have some insight?) is why the SOA board is so large? By my count there are 4 Presidents coming or going, 6 VP's and 18 regular board members for a total of 28 board members. My concern is not the cost since they are volunteer positions but how any one member is heard and how the decision making process can be effective?

I personally serve on two paid insurance industry boards of 7 members each that oversee large, complex organizations. I can't imagine how we could function effectively with 10 or more board members. Am I missing something with the SOA?

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One question I would like to get an answer to (Bruce may have some insight?) is why the SOA board is so large? By my count there are 4 Presidents coming or going, 6 VP's and 18 regular board members for a total of 28 board members. My concern is not the cost since they are volunteer positions but how any one member is heard and how the decision making process can be effective?

I personally serve on two paid insurance industry boards of 7 members each that oversee large, complex organizations. I can't imagine how we could function effectively with 10 or more board members. Am I missing something with the SOA?
Yes, the SOA Board has 28 members. I don't believe that has changed since the SOA was founded in 1949.
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Yeah, that's basically the answer. There's also a desire for diversity: i.e., some critical mass of volunteer leaders from all the various specialties. It really doesn't cause too many problems, because most Board members are just spectators at Board meetings, which hew tightly to a script drawn up by the Leadership Team (the four presidential officers, the secretary-treasurer and the executive director). A few Board members participate meaningfully on issues of particular interest to them, but not so many that there is a traffic jam.

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Yes, the SOA Board has 28 members. I don't believe that has changed since the SOA was founded in 1949.Yeah, that's basically the answer. There's also a desire for diversity: i.e., some critical mass of volunteer leaders from all the various specialties. It really doesn't cause too many problems, because most Board members are just spectators at Board meetings, which hew tightly to a script drawn up by the Leadership Team (the four presidential officers, the secretary-treasurer and the executive director). A few Board members participate meaningfully on issues of particular interest to them, but not so many that there is a traffic jam.

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Thanks Bruce. Your post should be of particular interest to anyone out there contemplating running for the SOA Board.

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