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USTA Board of Directors and Officers

Excerpted from the USTA Yearbook (pages 98-100)

Board of Directors and Officers

27. Board of Directors.

a.  Responsibilities. The USTA shall be managed by its Board, which shall establish the policies and objectives of the USTA.
     The Board shall direct, review, and approve budgets as well as establish capital programs and review USTA performance against goals, objectives, and budgets.
     The Board shall adopt an investment policy.

b.  Composition. The members of the Board shall be the five officers, the Immediate Past President, and nine at-large members.
     At least 20 percent of the members of the Board shall be Elite Athletes. Excluding Elite Athletes, no more than two of the at-large members may be domiciled in the same section when they take office. Elite Athletes may be nominated for officer positions. A President who does not complete the term of office shall not, however, be a member of the Board as Immediate Past President unless confirmed by a majority of the other members of the Board. The Immediate Past President shall serve only two years beyond the elected term as President. A minimum of 50 percent of the Sectional Associations shall have a member on the Board.  The domicile of an Elite Athlete shall not be considered when determining whether the 50 percent requirement is met.

c. Nomination of representatives to ITF. The Board shall nominate to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) persons from the United States to serve on the Committee of Management of the ITF and shall appoint delegates to meetings of the ITF to represent the United States.

d. Committees of the Board. The Board shall have the following standing committees:

  • Investment Committee;
  • Audit Committee; and
  • Compensation Committee.

The Secretary-Treasurer shall be a member of the Investment Committee.  The President shall appoint all other Board committee members.

28. Officers and Terms. The officers of the USTA shall be a Chairperson of the Board and President (hereinafter "President"), a First Vice President, two Vice Presidents, and a Secretary-Treasurer, all of whom shall serve without compensation. All officers shall take office on January 1 in odd-numbered years and shall serve for two-year terms or until their successors are elected and qualified. Each officer of the USTA may be re-elected for an additional term or terms.

29. President. The President shall be the chief executive officer. The President shall preside at all meetings of the membership, the Board, and the Executive Committee. The President shall appoint committee chairpersons and committee members whose appointments are not otherwise provided for in the Constitution or in these Bylaws. The appointees shall serve at the President’s pleasure. Appointments of Elite Athletes to Designated Committees as defined in Bylaw 41 shall be subject to the approval of the Elite Athletes who are members of the Board.

30. First Vice President. The First Vice President shall assist the President in the performance of the President’s duties and shall exercise all the powers of the President in the case of the President’s resignation, incapacity, removal, or death. The First Vice President shall preside over all meetings of the USTA, the Executive Committee, or the Board at which the President is not present.

31. Vice Presidents. The Vice Presidents shall assist the President and the First Vice President in the performance of their duties.

32. Secretary-Treasurer.

a. Financial management, budgeting, and controls. The Secretary-Treasurer shall monitor the financial management and controls of the USTA and its budgeting process, including the development of its annual budgets; however, the operational responsibilities shall be carried out by the Executive Director, chief financial officer, and other staff members designated by the Executive Director. A nationally recognized firm of independent certified public accountants shall audit the USTA’s financial statements at least annually. The proposed two-year budget for the succeeding calendar years shall be distributed to the Board and the Executive Committee by August 15 of each odd-numbered year. A status report on the budget shall be distributed by August 15 of each even-numbered year. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be a member of the Investment Committee.

b. Membership records, certification of voting strength, and meetings. The Secretary-Treasurer shall monitor the keeping of membership records, the calculating of the voting strength of members, and the giving of notice and the keeping of minutes of meetings of the members. Executive Committee, and Board. The operational responsibilities shall be carried out by the Executive Director and those staff members designated by the Executive Director. The notices of these meetings shall be sent out under the name of the Secretary-Treasurer. The Secretary-Treasurer shall certify voting strength.

c. Other duties. The Secretary-Treasurer shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President or the Board of Directors. The Secretary-Treasurer shall also perform the duties set out in Bylaws 35.f. and g., 37, 38, and 39.

33. Vacancies. If a vacancy shall occur in the officerships or on the Board, the remaining members of the Board may, by a majority vote, elect a successor for the unexpired term, except as otherwise provided in Bylaw 35 and except that a vacancy in the office of the Immediate Past President shall not be filled.  If a vacancy is in a non-Elite Athlete position, the remaining members of the Board shall vote to elect an individual to fill the vacant position.  If a vacancy is in an Elite Athlete position, only the remaining Elite Athletes on the Board shall vote to elect an Elite Athlete to fill the vacant position.

34. Removal of Officer or Director. At any meeting of the Board, any officer or member of the Board may, by a vote of not less than two-thirds of the whole Board, be removed from office for cause and a successor may be elected pursuant to the provisions of Bylaw 33.

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