After much deliberation and lively discourse, the AIGA board voted yesterday to proceed with negotiations to sell the AIGA national headquarters building at 164 Fifth Avenue in New York. The national board, advisory board, chapter leadership, medalists, past presidents, past board members and general membership were all part of this conversation, and the debate on the issue has been essential to our decision making process. The decision was made to move forward with several conditions:
Within the context of AIGA's existing strategic framework and direction, the board will also engage in these action items:
Immediately begin work on detailing the existing strategic framework: thoroughly define and evaluate AIGA's current and future initiatives, including budgets, timing, prioritization, success criteria, metrics and sustainability. This planning will be conducted by the national board, outside experts, the executive team and representatives from the membership.
Create a committee of board members and outside experts to re-evaluate AIGA governance and propose changes to the roles, responsibilities, and inter-communication of the board of directors, advisory board, executive team and chapter leadership.
Create a committee of board members and outside experts to evaluate and refine, if necessary, the financial activities of AIGA, including oversight of the investments and endowments resultant from the sale of 164 Fifth Avenue.
Create a committee of board members and outside experts to evaluate the communications strategy and methods of AIGA, and make recommendations on how the process can be improved.
Create a committee of board members and outside experts to consider the association's leadership needs moving forward, including a review of the ongoing duties, responsibilities, compensation and evaluation of the CEO. The contract with the current executive director runs through the end of 2015, and so the board wants to begin to consider leadership needs for the future.
This has been a rigorous process. The positive outcome would not have been possible without the hard work and dialogue from everyone involved, reinforcing AIGA as a dynamic and vital organization. Now we start the hard work with a historically strong foundation of involvement and energy moving into AIGA's next 100 years.
Thank you for your ongoing support of AIGA,
Drew Davies and Sean Adams,
AIGA Insights is a collection of articles and webcasts that together reveal the thought processes behind key organizational decisions. We welcome discussion from members and the broader design community.
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