From the President

by Bob Tschannen-Moran, IAC-CC

The IAC: Help Wanted
by Bob Tschannen-Moran

With the advent of the fourth quarter in every calendar year, the IAC Board of Governors (BOG) begins the process of developing its leadership and budget for the next calendar year. The current officers, along with IAC Capacity Building Specialist Ed Britton, form a Nominating and Budget Committee to do this important work. A draft budget and proposed slate of officers are presented to the Board of Governors for review, revision, and approval no later than the December meeting. New officers begin their terms on January 1 of each year.

The current officers, as you hopefully know by now, are:

  • Bob Tschannen-Moran, President
  • Susan Meyer, Vice President
  • Walt Besecker, Treasurer
  • Kristi Arndt, Secretary

You can read the biographies of Bob, Susan, Walt, and Kristi, along with the rest of the Board of Governors, by going to the About IAC section of the IAC website. You can read Ed Britton’s biography, along with the rest of the IAC Staff, by going to Staff Page on the website. Together this team represents a remarkable pool of talent and commitment that has labored long and hard to serve the IAC and to advance its interests in not only the coaching world but also in the world at large.

Come January, there will be a significant turnover in leadership. The terms of all four officers are coming to an end, which would create quite a leadership vacuum if everyone walked away. Fortunately, Susan and Kristi have expressed a willingness to continue for one more year in their current positions. Chances are the IAC BOG will take them up on that offer!

There will definitely be a major transition, however, as the BOG seeks to replace both its President and its Treasurer. In my case, pursuant to the Bylaws of the IAC, I intend to serve one more year on the Executive Committee as the immediate Past President. That will lighten my load considerably without losing my sense of connection to an organization I care passionately about.

In Walt’s case, however, the BOG will be losing his services completely. After three years of service, one more than he originally bargained for, Walt is ready to take back that time for his own consulting and coaching business. Although it will be sad to see Walt go, the BOG wishes him all the best. Walt’s service to the BOG has been exemplary, making sure that details were tended to faithfully while the rest of us soared to new heights with strategic plans, website makeovers, business alliances and certification conversations. We can hardly thank him enough.

Unfortunately, there may be no one on the current BOG who has the necessary skill set and time to handle the position of Treasurer. So consider this President’s message a help wanted ad! The IAC BOG is looking for a Treasurer, and that person may just be you.

Just to be clear, the Treasurer is not the Bookkeeper. That distinction belongs to Becky Fyke of Checks & Balances, Inc., and you can read Becky’s biography on the Staff Page as well. Becky makes sure that everyone gets compensated in a timely manner and that the monthly and annual financial reports for the IAC BOG are properly prepared.

It’s the Treasurer’s job to review those reports, to create a written and graphic summary of the highlights, and to present that summary in plain English at the monthly meetings of the IAC BOG. Other Treasurer responsibilities include:

  • Attending the monthly IAC Executive Committee meetings
  • Filing the IAC Annual Report in the State of New Mexico
  • Reviewing and verifying invoices as well as authorizing payments
  • Preparing, with the Executive Committee, an annual budget proposal for the Board’s review and approval
  • Reviewing and submitting annual state and federal tax returns prepared by the IAC’s tax accountant
  • Periodically drafting and sending checks as well as accepting and depositing payments that are not automated

The IAC BOG is looking for a person who can handle those responsibilities over the next several years (BOG members are elected to serve 3-year terms of office). If that is not possible, someone willing to serve for even one year would be a delightful alternative. The right person will have the following credentials:

  • Be a member of the IAC, located in the USA
  • Be impeccably honest
  • Be totally reliable and good with follow through
  • Have an aptitude with numbers
  • Know the difference between a receipt and income, a disbursement and an expense
  • Have at least a basic familiarity with Microsoft Excel

If that sounds like you or if you would like to discuss this further, then please let me know by email ( I would be happy to talk with you on the phone or via Skype (LifeTrek). This is certainly not a make-work position. The Treasurer offers not only financial advice but also participates in all the strategic decisions of the IAC BOG. So what do you say? This just might be your chance to make your mark on the coaching profession.

May you be filled with goodness, peace and joy,

Bob Tschannen-Moran, IAC-CC, is CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for School Transformation and President of LifeTrek Coaching International. Bob is the co-author of Evocative Coaching, which incorporates the IAC Coaching Masteries® in a coaching model designed for leaders and coaches in schools.

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