The USTA Nominating Committee has taken President Haggerty’s focus on change seriously and for the first time is issuing a midterm Progress Report in an effort to be as transparent as possible regarding its very confidential charge. Obviously, to respect the privacy of all candidates, there is a great deal of information that cannot be disclosed. However, the Nominating Committee can certainly share information regarding the process it has and it continues to follow in fulfilling the task of selecting nominees for the next USTA Nominating Committee and USTA Board of Directors.
Over the past 16 months the Nominating Committee has:
1. Consulted with an expert professional in the field of candidate selection
2. Revised the application based on expert advice and updated technology of on-line submission
3. Engaged in extensive committee discussions on process and screening tools for this term
4. Prepared and delivered two Nominating Committee information sessions at the 2013 Semi-Annual Meeting
5. Presented and recorded a Nominating Committee webinar for interested USTA members/tennis enthusiasts and website posting
6. Implemented a process to attract/recruit diverse candidates to apply for Board and Nominating Committee positions
7. Reviewed Board/Committee competencies and developed questions for candidates to be interviewed based on extensive discussions about the needs of the organization
8. Engaged in multiple meetings with USTA Leadership regarding the current and future needs of the Association
9. Issued candidates invitations to interview at the 2014 USTA Annual Meeting after extensive individual/collective review/vetting of applications and committee discussion
10. Conducted three days (30 hours) of interviews and deliberations at the 2014 USTA Annual Meeting
11. Updated all candidates with regard to their status.
12. Issued invitations to candidates to interview at the 2014 USTA Semi-Annual Meeting after extensive individual/collective review/vetting of applications and committee discussion.
13. Initiated a Board self-assessment
The committee has tried to be as open as possible to hearing from constituents about the needs of the USTA and has already heard from the leadership of various groups about their perceptions on what USTA leadership should reflect. The Nominating Committee’s charge is to take all of the information received and use that information along with the in depth evaluations of the candidates to create the most effective Board of Directors and Nominating Committee for the next term.
By the time the Nominating Committee finishes its interviews in New York it will have extensively vetted 100 candidates (a 43% increase over last term) and interviewed well over fifty candidates. The Committee not only evaluates the candidates but also makes sure the overall pool of candidates is in compliance with the strict requirements of USTA by-laws. On both the Nominating Committee and the Board, at least nine members of the Board and nine members of the Nominating Committee must reside in different Sections and no more than two of the Directors at Large can be domiciled in the same section (not including Elite Athletes). In addition there must be three elite athletes on both appointed bodies. These requirements alone will result in the committee being unable to offer a position to certain well qualified candidates.
The quality of the applicants this term is excellent and the USTA is fortunate to have such an amazing and committed pool of volunteers. It is unfortunate there is not a spot for everyone as the plethora of talent has made for some painstaking and difficult deliberations and decisions. The Nominating Committee members, both individually and collectively, understand and embrace their role in matching needs of the organization with talents of the candidates. At this time in the process the Committee is confident that the association has the necessary candidates to fulfill the mission and is looking forward to the hard work ahead.