[ARIN-consult] Consultation on Implementing Term Limits for the ARIN Board of Trustees

Scott Leibrand scottleibrand at gmail.com
Wed Dec 1 13:51:44 EST 2021

On Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 9:53 AM ARIN <info at arin.net> wrote:

> Board Proposal
> ARIN will impose term limits on the elected seats of the Board.

I'm ambivalent as to whether term limits are a good idea overall.

> The term limits will permit elected Board members to serve three
> consecutive 3-year terms before requiring a two-year period during which
> such Board members are ineligible to serve on the Board.

If you're going to do term limits, this seems like a reasonable limit.

> Current Board members may serve out the remainder of their current term,
> and the term limits will be imposed upon any subsequent re-election to the
> Board. Any current Board member would therefore be eligible to serve three
> additional terms upon re-election, to ensure continuity, orderly
> succession, and prevent precipitous loss of corporate memory.

This means that the proposal is completely irrelevant for the next 9 years,
right? If anyone thinks they have any idea what ARIN's governance needs
will be in 2030, I admire but do not share your confidence.

As best I can tell, this proposal is a no-op over the near- and medium-term
(this decade), and would be subject to change at any time before it goes
into effect. If you want to make the smallest change possible on this
topic, this seems like a good contender for that. As such, I don't have any
objection to doing so, but don't expect to see any strong support for it

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