[ARIN-consult] Reminder: Consultation on Increasing the size of the ARIN Board of Trustees

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Wed Jul 12 11:12:57 EDT 2017

On 12 Jul 2017, at 11:05 AM, William Herrin <bill at herrin.us<mailto:bill at herrin.us>> wrote:

On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 9:14 AM, John Curran <jcurran at arin.net<mailto:jcurran at arin.net>> wrote:
At this time, the only more detailed expression of Board intent
regarding diversity would be in the directions to NomCom, as
contained in their charter -


"d. ARIN Board Guidance to the 2017 NomCom
The ARIN Board of Trustees notes that diversity in the composition of the Board and the Advisory Council (including but not limited to gender, industry, and geographic diversity) is encouraged, and provides this guidance to the 2017 NomCom for its consideration in the development of the candidate slates."

Great. Stop there and evaluate the results you get. No tinkering with the board size can be effective until the nominees reflect whatever standard of diversity you choose to seek.
Unfocused goals don't support gratuitous changes to the board structure. If a precise definition of "diversity of background" is not yet possible then you don't yet understand your goal well enough to make potentially destructive changes based on it. Focus on improving your goal statement first.

Bill -

   Alas, we have to the listen to the community to obtain that clarity, so
   I must ask you -

     “Do you believe that there is a definition/goal of diversity that ARIN should target for the Board of Trustees?”


John Curran
President and CEO

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