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

Andrew Dul andrew.dul at quark.net
Thu Dec 2 15:36:30 EST 2021

Reviewing the historical seated time of past terms on the ARIN board seats.

Since January-2000, there have been 18 elected individuals who have 
filled 19 different seated-terms on the ARIN board (one individual has 
served 2 non-consecutive seated-terms).

By my calculations (including current seated members through December 
2021) I find the following details about seated time in years.

Average 	6.18
Median 	6
Minimum 	2
Maximum 	15

Using the proposed plan below of maximum seated time of 9 years, 3 
individuals would have been termed-out and restricted from running in 
the past.


Based upon the data above it appears that in general there has been 
routine rotation of the ARIN board without term limits being imposed.

Having said that a term-limit of 12-years would seem to be in general a 
good practice to provide some predictable rotation over the years, a 
12-year limit would have only termed out one previous serving 
individual.   If the ARIN board was to expand the number of seats as has 
been proposed at various points in times past, I would think that 
term-limits might become a more important part of ensuring that some 
rotation does occur with regular frequency.

If this board believes that it is valuable to impose term-limits, then 
it should be willing to impose those limits on themselves, not just 
future board seats.

While I understand the desire to not quickly term out after this 
practice is applied, if the board adopted this policy in 2022 and 
applied the limit of 9 consecutive years including past time served, 
only 1 member of the 2022 board would be facing a restriction of being 
termed out when their current term expired.  If the board imposed a 
12-year limit, all 2022 members would be permitted at least one 
additional 3-year term.

Hope this helps,

On 12/1/2021 9:53 AM, ARIN wrote:
> The Board of Trustees maintains authority over the scope, mission, and along with the President and Chief Executive Officer establishes ARIN’s strategic direction and fiscal oversight. The Board also has oversight authority of the nomination, appointment, and election of individuals to Board committees and similar roles.
> Over the past two years, as part of its fiduciary duties, the ARIN Board of Trustees (“Board”) has undertaken a review of ARIN’s governance structures, including the imposition of term limits on the Board. As part of this effort, an independent, outside consultant was engaged to review ARIN’s governance structures and provide recommendations.
> One recommendation that has arisen from this governance review is to impose term limits on the Board for several reasons. Term limits would provide the ability for the community to realize the following benefits:
> 1. Balance of continuity with healthy turnover;
> 2. Support ongoing opportunity to expand and enhance the Board’s membership;
> 3. Greater introduction of differing views and fresh perspectives amongst the Board;
> 4. Periodic renewed look at structures and governance; and
> 5. More opportunities for participation by members of the community.
> Board Proposal
> ARIN will impose term limits on the elected seats of the Board.
> 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.
> 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.
> ARIN seeks community feedback on this proposed imposition of term limits on the Board. This consultation will remain open for 15 days.
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