Call for Nominations - Chair and Independent Directors for USA Gymnastics Board of Directors
posted on 04/14/2018

USA Gymnastics’ Nominating and Governance Committee (NGC) is inviting expressions of interest from individuals desiring to serve as Independent Directors on the Board of Directors. To submit an expression of interest, please provide a bio or CV to USA Gymnastics at USAGymBoard@usagym.org no later than April 30, 2018.

An Interim Board is currently seated and is in the process of restructuring a new Board, which will be comprised with a majority of the Directors who are Independent. The NGC will review and vet all interested candidates and plans to submit recommendations and nominations to USA Gymnastics Interim Board by May 22. Additionally, the NGC will make a recommendation for the position of board Chair from among the candidates. Candidates must meet the Qualifications for Service outlined in Article 2.4 of USA Gymnastics Bylaws, the standards of independence detailed below, and safe sport standards. In addition, external background screening will be conducted on all finalist candidates considered by the NGC.

The Board is seeking candidates who are change agents and committed to positive and sustainable solutions. Independent Director should have a demonstrated history of leadership success, and by virtue of their experience, can be expected to bring governance oversight, accountability and strategic insight to the organization. No specific industry background or professional experience is required for this board service although expertise relevant to the business of USA Gymnastics board is especially helpful. Board and governance knowledge for organizations of substantial size, scope and reach is needed for this role. Senior leadership positions in large governmental or nonprofit organizations may also meet this knowledge threshold. Establishing and supporting high ethical standards across the organization is expected. The ability to communicate well, understand feedback processes, and encourage transparency is important. Understanding and adhering to bylaws, policies, procedures, rules and regulations is critical. General management, talent development, strategic leadership and other executive functions are highly valued. Individuals who served as Interim Independent Directors may be considered for a seat on the Board. The NGC will make recommendations to encourage racial, gender and ethnic diversity on the Board of Directors.

In addition, persons who serve as Independent Directors and as Chair should meet the following standards of independence for a minimum of two (2) years prior to the date upon which the Director's selection to the Board becomes effective (the absence of any such prior relationship is strongly encouraged by the NGC):

  1. Not receive any material compensation from USA Gymnastics, directly or indirectly, excluding any cost or expense reimbursement;
  2. Not be an owner, executive officer, controlling shareholder, controlling member or partner of a corporation, partnership or other business entity that conducted business with USA Gymnastics;
  3. Not be an owner, executive officer, controlling shareholder, controlling member or partner of a corporation, partnership or other business entity that was a sport family entity with USA Gymnastics;
  4. Not be an owner, executive officer, controlling shareholder, controlling member or partner of a corporation, partnership or other business entity that was a club member, financial partner with or a sponsor of USA Gymnastics;
  5. Not be affiliated with or employed by USA Gymnastics’ outside auditor or outside counsel; nor have any immediate family member was so affiliated or employed by such outside auditor or outside counsel as an owner, officer, partner, principal or manager;
  6. Not be affiliated with any particular USA Gymnastics discipline as a Program Committee Chair or chair of any standing subsidiary committee; was an employee of USA Gymnastics; or have an immediate family member who was any of the foregoing or a member of any senior national team of any discipline of USA Gymnastics.

As provided in the Bylaws, no salary or other compensation shall be paid for volunteering as a Director or Chair.