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Board of Directors

Board Engagement

How can my chamber remove a disruptive member of the board?

Removing a board member can be a fraught process and can have legal implications. It is best practice to have a provision that details how to remove a difficult board member in your bylaws. It is easier to point to an established process when you have a particularly difficult individual who needs to be removed.

Examples of Chamber bylaws that contain specific language about removing board members.

Board Challenges and Solutions

As with any work group, conflict can arise on a board. Common conflicts include clashing personalities, a lack of accountability or attendance, or conflicts of interests related to board members’ outside affiliations. Code of conduct or code of ethics policies can clarify expectations and standards of conduct in chamber affairs.

Fiduciary duty is one of the central responsibilities of the Board of Directors. A board member is entrusted with the chamber’s resources to be used for a specific and intended purpose. These resources must be used in the best interest of the organization. The board member must not put herself in a situation in which a conflict of interest could arise. If one does arise, it is the board member’s duty to act in the best interest of the chamber above any other interest, including her own.