The Council is composed of seven persons—the executive committee, which consists of four officers (the president, president-elect, vice president and past president) and the following invited participants or their designees: the president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the chair of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists and the chair of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
Each of the officers serves a one-year term. The vice president is elected each year and advances to president-elect and then to president in the subsequent years. Terms in office begin and end at the time of the AIHA Fall Conference. The Academy Council may create and abolish committees to carry out specific assignments.
2012-2013 Academy Officers
- President: Lauralynn T. McKernan, ScD, CIH
- President-Elect: John L. Henshaw, CIH
- Vice President: Maureen O'Donnell, CIH
- Past President: S. Zack Mansdorf, PhD, CIH, CSP, QEP
Bylaws of the Academy of Industrial Hygiene
Article I. Name
The name of the organization shall be "Academy of Industrial Hygiene" (also called the Academy).
Article II. Purpose, Objectives and Activities
Section 1. The purpose and objectives of the Academy are to provide leadership in advancing the professional field of industrial hygiene, by raising the level of competence of industrial hygienists and by securing wide recognition of the need for high quality industrial hygiene practice to ensure healthful working conditions in the various occupations and industries. To meet this central purpose and objectives the Academy must work both within and outside its own professional group.
Section 2. The Academy is organized as a non-profit division of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Its officers shall serve without pay and upon dissolution of the Academy, its assets shall revert to AIHA.
Section 3. Subject to specific approval by the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Academy is empowered to accept grants, gifts and monies from foundations, government, industry and individuals to implement specific objectives within the purpose of the Academy or to implement the objectives of grants made to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
Article III. Membership
All certified industrial hygienists who are members in good standing with the AIHA are Diplomates of the Academy. Any certified industrial hygienist who is not a member of AIHA shall be an Academy of Industrial Hygiene (Academy) Affiliate member upon payment of Academy dues. Academy Affiliate members are also Diplomates of the Academy.
Article IV. Academy Council
Section 1. Any Diplomate member, with the exception of Academy Affiliate members, may hold elective office in the Academy. The officers of the Academy shall be the President, the President-Elect, the Vice-President and the Past President.
Section 2. The Council shall consist of the officers plus the following invited participants or their designees: the President of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Chair of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, and the Chair of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
Section 3. Term of office. The President, the President-Elect, the Vice President and the Past President, and each of the Council members shall each serve for one year. At the expiration of their terms, the Vice President automatically becomes President-Elect, and the President-Elect automatically becomes President. The President assumes the role of Past President.
Section 4. Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will consist of the four officers and is responsible for the governance of the Academy between regularly scheduled meetings of the Council. The Executive Committee will report any of its actions to the Council at its next scheduled meeting.
Section 5. Meetings. The Council shall meet at least once a year at the call of the President. A quorum will consist of four Council members.
Section 6. Mail Ballot. In the interval between meetings of the Council, action may be taken by ballots mailed to each Council Member by the President-Elect, provided a majority of Council members return their ballots marked within the time stated in the ballot.
Article V. Committees
Section 1. Committees. With the exception of the Executive Committee provided for in Article IV, the Nominating Committee provided for in Article VI, the PCIH Academy Conference Team, the Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics Education Committee, and the Academic Accreditation Committee, other committees may be created and abolished by the Council. Such committees shall discharge such responsibilities as may be assigned to them by the Council.
Section 2. Appointment and Removal. The President, with the advice of the chairman of each committee, shall appoint and remove members of the committees and shall designate a chairman for each.
Section 3. Tenure. Each member of a committee shall serve from the time of appointment until the conclusion of the next Annual Meeting of the membership.
Section 4. Duration. The Executive Committee provided for in Article IV shall have continuing existence. Other committees shall have existence for periods specified by the Council.
Section 5. Quorum. A majority of the whole committee shall constitute a quorum.
Section 6. Size. Except as these Bylaws may otherwise provide the membership of any committee shall be determined by the Council.
Section 7. Manner of Acting. The act of a majority of a committee present at a meeting at which a quorum is present or pursuant to the procedure set forth in Section 8 of this Article V shall be the act of the committee. No action of a committee taken at a meeting shall be valid unless a quorum is present.
Section 8. Poll of the Committee. The chairman of a committee may poll the opinion and/or vote of committee members by telephone, mail or other means as to any matter that might come before a committee meeting. Committee members may act through the use of a conference telephone or other communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can communicate with each other. The opinion and/or vote of the committee members as to such matter shall be the decision and/or action of the committee if:
- Each member shall have been contacted or reasonable attempts to contact each member can be demonstrated; and
- The opinion and/or vote is the expression of at least a majority of the entire committee; and
- A written report of the results of the opinion and/or vote is transmitted to each member not less than ten (10) days after the poll of the committee has been completed; and
- The committee adopts and ratifies the results of the opinion and/or vote at its next meeting.
Section 9. Committee Reports. Each committee shall prepare and deliver to the President a written summary of its activities for the year following its appointment not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the Annual Meeting.
Section 10. Expenditures. Any expenditure of Academy funds by a committee shall require prior approval of the Executive Committee.
Section 11. Committee Chairs shall attend Academy Council meetings as requested by the Council.
Article VI. Elections
Section 1. Nominations for Vice President shall be made by a nominating committee of three members of the Academy to be proposed by the President and appointed by the Council. At least 90 days before the annual meeting the Nominating Committee shall select two nominees for the position of Vice President. Any Diplomate member of the Academy, with the exception of Academy Affiliate Members, may hold elective office in the Academy. Names of candidates will be submitted to the AIHA Board for review and approval, and then to Academy members for election by ballot. In case of a tie vote, the tie shall be resolved by vote of the Council.
Article VII. Duties of Officers and Council Members
Section 1. The President shall be the principal administrative officer of the Academy and of the Executive Committee and Council, and shall preside at all meetings of these groups. The President is the custodian of all monies of the Academy. He/she shall receive monies due the Academy and pay all authorized bills against the Academy. He/she shall submit his/her accounts for audit in advance of the annual meeting of the Council. The President shall represent the Academy at meetings of the AIHA Board of Directors. The President shall perform such other duties as may be directed by the Council.
Section 2. The President-Elect shall carry out the duties of the President when the latter is absent from a meeting, deceased or incapacitated. The President-Elect shall keep an accurate record of the transactions of all meetings of the Academy Council and Executive Committee. He/she shall carry on correspondence of the Academy, the Council, and the Executive Committee. The President-Elect shall serve as the Chair of the PCIH Academy Conference Team.
Section 3. The Vice-President shall carry out the duties of the President when both the President and President-Elect are absent from a meeting, deceased or incapacitated. The Vice-President shall serve as the editor of the Academy newsletter, be responsible for ensuring the Academy website is kept up to date, and shall serve as a member of the PCIH Academy Conference Team.
Section 4. The Past President shall be chair of the Nominating Committee and be responsible for the Academy award process.
Section 5. The three invited Council members shall assist the Executive Committee by providing knowledge, strategy, guidance, and direction for shaping the future of industrial hygiene practice. They shall serve as liaisons from each of their respective associations to the Academy, and as liaisons from the Academy to each of their respective associations.
Article VIII. Meetings
Section 1. There shall be an Annual Meeting of members of the Academy to conduct such business as shall be brought before it.
Section 2. The Council may call special meetings of the members of the Academy.
Section 3. For all meetings of the Academy a quorum shall consist of 3 percent of the membership, or 75 members, whichever is the lesser number.
Article IX . Amendments
Section 1. No amendment to the Bylaws shall result in pecuniary gain or profit, indirect or otherwise, to a member of the Academy.
Section 2. Any proposed amendment to the Bylaws must be submitted in writing to the Council and must be signed by five members of the Academy. The Council shall also have the power to initiate amendments to the Bylaws. The Council shall consider all such amendments and shall submit them to the AIHA Board of Directors for approval.