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Constitution


(as amended 9/22/2013)

Article I. Preamble

The quality of management in government within the United States has a major impact on the lives of individual citizens and the orderly functioning of society.  Systematic training programs are essential to maintain and improve the effectiveness and professionalism of government managers and managers of non-profit organizations with direct involvement with governmental organizations and approved by the CPM program.  The National Certified Public Manager® Consortium is a confederation of organizations offering Certified Public Manager® programs bonded together by the desire to improve the productivity, of government in the United States at all levels. (Amended 10/10, 9/13)

Each program obligates itself to abide by the standards for awarding of the Certified Public Manager® designation and contribute actively to the collective effort to improve the available resources and techniques for public manager training. We believe that a desirable way to accomplish these ends is for each program to include a partnership with an institution or institutions of higher education to effectively utilize management development resources.
(Amended 5/99, 9/13)


Article II. Purpose

The purpose of the National Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Consortium is to accredit Certified Public Manager® programs by promoting high standards, facilitating program development, encouraging innovation and developing linkages with programs and organizations with similar concerns.

The National Certified Public Manager® Consortium shall be a non-profit organization.  (Adopted 6/00)

Section 1. Vision.
Accredited certified public manager training will be available to all federal, state, and local public managers in the United States and to managers of non-profit organizations with direct involvement with the governmental organization and approved by the CPM program provided by a network of one federal, the District of Columbia, fifty statewide consortium programs, US Territories, quasi-governmental organizations and other designated programs upon a vote of the Consortium at an annual meeting.
(Amended 5/99; 4/02; 9/05; 9/06, 10/10, 9/13)

Section 2. Eligibility for Membership.
A. There will be one federal program, which must meet the following criteria: (Amended 9/13)

1.  Shall be committed to providing CPM training nationwide;
2.  Shall be willing to admit state and local candidates from states in which no accredited program is available;
3.  Shall agree not to admit candidates from state and local jurisdictions in which there is an accredited program.

B. There shall be one program serving the geographic area of each state.  Each statewide program must meet the following criteria: (Amended, 9/13)
1.  Shall be committed to providing CPM training statewide;
2.  Shall be willing to admit candidates from state and local jurisdictions;
3.  Shall be willing to admit candidates from the federal government when no federal program is available in the state;
4.  Shall agree not to admit candidates from the federal government if an accredited federal program is offered in the state. (Amended 5/99, 9/13)
5.  Shall agree not to admit candidates from other states/jurisdictions that have active/inactive CPM programs unless there is a written consent between the jurisdictions.  This shall apply to all learning modalities.  
(Adopted 10/10)

Section 3. Coordination Between Members. Nothing shall prohibit waiver of criteria Section 2 A2 and A3 or Section 2 B3 or B4 when cooperative agreements to coordinate programs are mutually negotiated among the federal program, state programs and other designated programs. (Amended 5/99; 4/02, 9/13)

Section 4. Other Potential Members.
The Consortium recognizes the potential for admission requests from such entities as territories, local government organizations, and foreign governments and will consider such on a case-by-case basis.  Organizations who desire to operate within the boundaries of a state program must develop a cooperative written agreement with the state program for approval by the board of directors.  The cooperative agreement must address target populations and defined geographical areas. (Amended 4/02, 9/13)


Article lIl. Board of Directors

Section 1. Organization and Function. A Board of Directors, consisting of two representatives from each accredited and active program and two representatives of the American Academy of Certified Public Managers will direct the activities of the Consortium.
(Amended 5/99, 9/13)

Section 2. Officers and Their Duties. Officers of the Consortium are a Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary.  The Vice Chair and Secretary will be elected for one year terms at annual meetings of the Board of Directors.  The Vice Chair will assume the role of Chair at the end of his/her one-year term.  Newly-elected officers will assume their offices thirty (30) calendar days following the Annual Business Meeting and serve until twenty-nine (29) calendar days following the next Annual Business Meeting.  The outgoing officers shall not appoint committees or initiate new business during the thirty days transition.
(Amended 9/05

A. Nominating Committee. Prior to the Annual Meeting of the Consortium, the Chair of the Board of Directors shall appoint a nominating committee to nominate a vice chair, secretary and either two or three at-large members to replace those on the Executive Council whose terms expire. (Amended 4/02)

The chair of the nominating committee shall have served as chair of the Board of Directors within three years prior to appointment as chair of the nominating committee.  
(Adopted 4/98; amended 4/03)

B. Chair. The Chair will call, develop agendas for and preside at all business meetings of the Board of Directors.  The Chair will conduct administrative activities of the Consortium such as authorizing expenditure of Consortium funds, receiving and responding to correspondence and requests for technical assistance, appointing mentors, visiting programs and representing the Consortium at meetings of organizations. The Chair will appoint committees or other representatives of the Consortium as required. (Amended 9/13)

C. Vice Chair. The Vice Chair will coordinate all activities of initial and continued accreditation committees.  The Vice Chair shall initiate the initial and/or continued accreditation process six months prior to the annual business meeting in accordance with the Constitution, the Bylaws, and/or the Procedures attached to the Bylaws.  The Vice Chair will assume the duties of the Chair in the Chair's absence.

D. Secretary. The Secretary will prepare records of business meetings and distribute them to the Board of Directors.  The Secretary will assume the duties of the Vice Chair in the Vice Chair's absence. (Amended 9/13)

E. Executive Council.
1.  The Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, five Members At Large, the past chair of the Board of Directors and the Consortium Administrator (ex officio) will constitute an executive council to conduct the administrative and financial activities of the Consortium at times other than meetings of the Board of Directors.  If significant actions are taken, report of actions will be distributed to the Board of Directors. Members At Large of the Executive Council shall be elected for two year terms at annual meetings of the Board of Directors.  (Amended 4/98, 4/02, 9/13)

2.  The Board of Directors shall establish job descriptions for the Executive Council which in an emergency may be modified by the Executive Council until the next meeting of the Board of Directors.  (Adopted 9/06, amended , 9/13)

F. Vacancies in Executive Council. In the event of a vacancy in any of the offices or among any of the Members At Large, the Executive Council shall appoint replacements from among the accredited and active programs. Individuals appointed to fill vacancies shall serve out the vacant terms and shall be eligible for election to a full term of office. (Amended 9/13)

Section 3. Meetings and Operational Year.

A.  Annual Meeting.  The Board of Directors will meet at least once in each operational year at the call of the Chair.  The Chair may call special meetings.  (Amended 6/00)

B.  Annual Report  Each accredited and active program shall submit an annual report for the preceding calendar year upon notification of a date announced by the Executive Council.    (Amended 10/10, 9/13)

C.  Operational Year.  The program and fiscal year for the Consortium shall be from 1 July to 30 June annually.  (Adopted 6/00)

4. Quorum.

A. Board of Directors. Representation of a majority of accredited and active programs will constitute a quorum for the purpose of voting by the Board of Directors. (Amended 9/13)

B. Executive Council. A majority of Council members will constitute a quorum for the purpose of voting by the Executive Council. (Amended 9/13)

Section 5. Voting. Each member of the Board of Directors shall have one vote at any meeting of the Consortium.  Written proxy votes will be honored. (Amended 10/11, 9/13)

Section 6. Records. The Board of Directors shall designate or employ an administrator to manage the administrative, financial, and related records and accounts of the Consortium.  Designation will be reconfirmed each year at the annual meeting.
(Amended 5/97, 4/98; 5/99)


Article IV. Dissolution.
Upon a vote by the  Board of Directors to dissolve the Consortium, all financial assets shall be equally distributed to the accredited and active programs at that time.  Other assets of the Consortium shall be disposed of at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  (Adopted 4/98, 9/13)


Article V. Amendments and Exceptions.
The Constitution may be amended by a majority of the voting members of the Board of Directors. Proposed amendments to the Constitution must be distributed to members of the Board of Directors at least thirty days before such amendments are to be considered.  Voting on such amendments may be done at any meeting of the Board of Directors, by telephone, electronically, or by mail.  Exceptions to this Constitution may be approved by a majority vote of the voting members of the Board of Directors at any meeting of the Board of Directors, by telephone, electronically, or by mail. (Amended 9/13)