Role and Composition of the Advisory Council
I. Role of the Advisory Council
The SUNY RSC Advisory Council is a working group composed of SUNY retirees and liaison/support personnel. The Council acts in an advisory capacity to the Director of University-wide Human Resources regarding the operation and governance of the Service Corps. Specifically, its responsibilities include:
• Guide the work of the RSC and share ideas.
• Review the RSC's governance procedures.
• Review the RSC's brochures and other reports.
• Review the RSC's website.
• Serve as contacts with SUNY campuses within their regions and encourage campuses to institute retirees programs.
• Identify retirees' needs during their transition to retirement and what RSC can do to assist.
• Encourage retirees to become part of the RSC's database.
• Identify university and community service needs where the talents and experience of retirees can be beneficial.
• Review the RSC's progress.
II. Composition of the Advisory Council
Since the RSC's activities extend to all SUNY campuses, it is important that the membership of the Advisory Council be broad-based. It should represent the wide diversity among SUNY campuses and array of retirees in terms of their professional background and experience. The Council will be made up of at least fifteen (15) SUNY retirees and six (6) to eight (8) liaison/support personnel.
1. Criteria for Selecting SUNY Retirees to Serve on the Council
Regional Representation: One retiree from each of the ten (10) SUNY regions as identified in The Commission on Higher Education Report (2007) and three (3) retirees from the Community Colleges.
Note: The above selection criteria for membership are not mutually exclusive, e.g., one member may meet more than one of these criteria. However, it is important to keep these guidelines in mind while looking for members to serve on this Council.
2. Support and Liaison Members (Ex-Officio Members)
III. Term of Appointment for Fifteen (15) SUNY Retiree Members
Retiree members will be initially appointed for a one-, two-, or three-year term with a possibility of one reappointment. Initially, the appointments will be:
• Five (5) retiree members for one (1) year
• Five (5) retiree members for two (2) years
• Five (5) retiree members for three (3) years
This will eventually allow for one-third of the Council to be replaced each year with new members, while still retaining continuity on the Council. Members may be nominated for one additional three-year term, and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. Individuals may be nominated for future terms after having vacated the Council for at least one year.
IV. Nomination process
The Executive Committee of the Advisory Council will serve as the Nominating Committee. The Committee will seek nominations from the existing campus retiree centers and/or from the campus presidents. The Committee will ensure that the process for seeking nominations and for the selection of individuals to serve on the Council is fair and professional. The Nomination Committee will keep in mind the criteria for selection of retirees to serve on the Council. The Committee will submit its recommendations to the Advisory Council for final approval.
V. Method of Operations
The Advisory Council will meet at least three (3) times per year. The Council members will be kept informed of RSC activities through e-mail, phone, and conference calls.
VI: Sub-Committees of the Advisory Council
The Advisory Council may appoint sub-committees on various topics to accomplish the mission of RSC. The sub-committees will be chaired by a member of the Advisory Council but other members of the subcommittee may come from outside the Advisory Council.