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At a regularly scheduled meeting held March 26, 2021, the TASA Executive Committee adopted a resolution to recommend to the TASA membership an amendment to the TASA Constitution and Bylaws. The amendment provided that, in addition to the chair of the TASA Legislative Committee, the chairs of the Advocacy Committee, Member Engagement Committee, and Professional Learning Committee would be members of the Executive Committee.

The intent of the change is to broaden the representation of members on the Executive Committee as well as more closely align the work of TASA’s major committees and the TASA Executive Committee in fulfilling the goals established by the TASA 2025 Task Force as articulated in the TASA Strategic Framework.

By vote held in April, the amendment to TASA’s Constitution and Bylaws was approved by 94.8% of TASA active members voting. As a result, the chairs of TASA’s three major committees will join the TASA Executive Committee as of June 1, 2021. As per the approved bylaws amendment, the chairs of these four committees are to be appointed by the TASA president to staggered two-year terms.

TASA President-Elect Doug Williams, who will assume the role of president June 1, recently made new appointments for the major committees with the input of each regional representative serving on the Executive Committee. Invitations have been sent to those members. Williams also has named the following members to serve as major committee chairs, who will now also serve their terms as members of the Executive Committee:

Tanya Larkin, Pampa ISD, chair, Professional Learning Committee, 2021-2022
Roosevelt Nivens, Lamar CISD, Advocacy Committee, 2021-2023
Jodi Duron, Elgin ISD, Member Engagement Committee, 2021-2022
Keith Bryant, Lubbock-Cooper ISD, was appointed to serve as the Legislative Committee chair, 2021-2023. This position already has a seat on the Executive Committee.

The TASA leadership extends congratulations to the new committee chairs and appointees. Your engagement and support of TASA is critical to the success of the organization and profession.