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Message regarding the IEEE Constitutional Amendment

Sunday, August 14, 2016

IEEE wide vote opens August 15, closes October 3

 
The IEEE Board of Directors approved, at its November 2015 meeting, the presentation to the IEEE membership of proposed revisions to the IEEE Constitution.  The proposed revisions have the following stated objective, “Create a nimble, flexible, forward-looking organization,” and they will be part of the upcoming 2016 IEEE election ballot, which opens August 15 and closes October 3.  
 
There have been many conversations about this proposed amendment, and at its May 2016 meeting the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) Administrative Committee (AdCom) discussed information provided by the IEEE Board of Directors as well as concerns expressed by various IEEE members.  Recently, after additional careful review and consideration of the changes that would result from its implementation, the IMS AdCom voted by secret ballot and unanimously passed the following motion:
  
The IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Administrative Committee is not in favor of the proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendment, which revises the composition of the IEEE Board of Directors.  
 
Concerns expressed that were considered in this decision include the following:
 
1. The current composition of the IEEE Board of Directors (BOD) provides a voice for the IEEE Societies and Councils in the decisions of the BOD, whereas the proposed constitutional amendments eliminates any direct influence of the Societies and Councils on the decisions of the BOD.  This is of particular concern, as the proposed focus of the new BOD is on strategic planning and implementation.
 
2. It is not yet known what changes will be made to the IEEE bylaws that are related to the proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendment, and how those changes might impact the role of the Societies and Councils.
 
3. The proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendment creates a more complex organizational structure than what currently exists and will not necessarily accomplish the intended goals.
 
The IMS AdCom also voted by secret ballot and unanimously passed a motion to communicate a balanced view of the pros and cons of the constitutional amendment to the IMS membership by inclusion of information and links in our Newsletter and on our website. 
 
We encourage all of our members to become informed about this proposed amendment, decide for yourself what your position is with regard to the proposed changes, and then exercise your right to vote once the election period is open.    
 
Information on the proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendment is available at the following links:
 
The proposed changes to the Constitution can be found here.
 
You can learn more about the IEEEin2030 effort to evolve the IEEE organizational structure here.
 
Some statements of opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment are here.
 
Some webinars on the subject can be found here.
 
The above page is open to any IEEE member, and you need to use your IEEE account to access the materials. If you are not automatically redirected to the TABin2030 page once you log in, try to copy/paste the URL into the address bar.
 
For background, the IEEE governing documents, including the Constitution and Bylaws, can be found here.
 
We hope you will read the materials available at the links provided in this message, make up your own mind about the proposed changes, and then vote when the election period is open.  Thanks for your careful consideration of the proposed IEEE Constitutional Amendment.
 
Ruth Dyer
President, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society