The Union officers and directors of all standing committees (referred to in the constitution as "House Committees") as well as the President of the Wisconsin Hoofers, which are organized under the Union auspices, shall comprise a board to be known as the Union Directorate. Non-voting members of the Directorate include: the Union Director or her/his representative and the Assistant Director-Social Education or her/his program staff representative.
The functions of the Directorate shall be to coordinate the work of the several committees and clubs organized under Union auspices, discuss common problems, study the techniques of effective group work and community service, and formulate social and educational programs and policies for recommendation to the Union Council.
Method of Selection
Committee directors shall be elected by the Council at a meeting of the Council in the spring, from the nominees submitted by a nominating committee. The nominating committee shall consist of the four incoming officers of the Council and Directorate, the outgoing Vice President for Internal Relations of the Council and Directorate, and one program staff representative, appointed by the President of the Council and approved by the Council. The vote by the Council shall be taken by written ballot without further nomination and a simple majority shall be required for election.
Term of Office
Newly elected Directorate members shall meet and begin preparations for the ensuing year immediately after appointment but shall not assume the responsibilities of office until after the annual meeting of the Council. They shall continue as Directorate members in office through the annual meeting of the Council of the following year; the committee directors, however, being subject to recall by the Council.
A committee director may be recommended by a majority of the Union officers to be relieved of her/his duties for cause, subject to approval by a majority vote of Council, and consistent with guidelines established by Directorate and confirmed by Council, to insure due process for the director. Pending Council action, the director may be suspended by the Union officers if necessary for a period not exceeding the time to the next regularly scheduled Council meeting.
The Directorate may sponsor or manage certain revenue-producing programs provided that the finances for such programs are managed within the Union revolving fund pursuant to Statute 20.906(1), that such programs have the approval of the Union Council and that all surpluses are turned over annually to a general Union purpose with the exception of Hoofer club surpluses, which are intended for future capital acquisitions.
A separate Distinguished Lecture Series fund is to be established, an account distinct from the Union's general operating fund and from other Wisconsin Union Directorate funds. The fund is directly under the auspices of WUD and will follow the same program approval process as established for all WUD free programs. All programs will be free of charge. All funds remaining at the end of the academic year will carry forward to the new fiscal year.
The Directorate shall formulate its own rules of parliamentary procedure.
The summer program is implemented by the summer program coordinators selected by Union Council. The voting members of the nominating committee for the summer program coordinators are the outgoing Vice President for External Relations, the incoming Vice President for Internal Relations, and a program staff representative appointed by the President.