Education Commission of the States commissioners have the opportunity to serve on five committees, all of which play a pivotal role in the direction and scope of the organization’s work.
One commissioner from each state serves a two-year term on the Steering Committee, which maintains broad oversight of the organization and is the primary policy-setting body of Education Commission of the States. Prospective Steering Committee members, who must be current commissioners, are approved by the Nominating Committee. The chair, vice chair, treasurer and immediate past chair also serve on the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee plays an important leadership role for Education Commission of the States with responsibilities such as providing major program direction, recommending bylaw changes and approving the strategic plan, annual budget and annual report.
The Executive Committee provides strategic direction and oversight for the management, operations and financial policies of Education Commission of the States. The committee is composed of the chair, immediate past chair, chair-elect, vice chair, treasurer and not more than five additional members of the Steering Committee, all of whom serve a two-year term. The Education Commission of the States chair has the authority to select members, who must be current commissioners, to join the Executive Committee.
Three standing committees, all consisting of four to eight commissioners, advise the work of the Executive Committee. The Education Commission of the States chair has the authority to select all members, who must be commissioners, to the standing committees.
The Nominating Committee makes nominations for Education Commission of the States officers, Steering Committee positions, awards and recognitions, and other nominations such as chair, etc. The committee also can make recommendations to the chair for appointments to task forces and advisory committees.
The Finance Committee makes recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding the organization’s mission and objectives, asset allocation strategy and investment policy. The committee also monitors investment results.
National Forum Planning Committee
The National Forum Planning Committee works with Education Commission of the States staff to review and approve the overall goal of all annual meetings convened by the organization.