Director Roles & Responsibilities

The term of office for a Director is three (3) years with no option to serve a consecutive term in the same capacity.


Provide governance and establish policy

Assume legal and fiduciary responsibility for the Association

Assure that activities of the Association are consistent with the mission, vision, and strategic plan

Measure accomplishments against strategic goals

May act as advisors to committees, as assigned

Act as liaisons to other organizations, as assigned

Represent AAA at official functions

Actively identify, develop, and recruit new organizational leaders

Must disclose conflict of interests by completing and maintaining an annual conflict of interest disclosure statement

Annually evaluate the executive director and participate in the Board self-assessment

Qualifications & Commitments

Those seeking election to the Board should have prior leadership experience. Leadership attributes such as strategic thinking, critical thinking, active listening, facilitation skills, and the ability to develop consensus are essential to the success of any governing body.

The ideal Board member appreciates his/her role as a steward for the anatomical or related sciences.

While adequate preparation by staff and leaders is essential to the success of the governance process, Directors are expected to engage in self-directed study, as needed, in order to fully understand issues and assignments.

Strong communications skills are essential. Since the Board of Directors oversees a public non-profit corporation, a foundation in management and basic understanding of finance are helpful skill sets.

Time Commitment

Directors typically spend one hour per week on AAA communications and business.

Directors must attend Board meetings (two each year – one in the fall and one in the spring immediately preceding the Annual Meeting) and participate in conference calls and the Annual Meeting.

Reviewed August 2018