[arin-ppml] Term Limit Proposal

Paul Andersen paul at egate.net
Tue Apr 1 18:02:24 EDT 2014

John (Springer),

The Governance Committee of the Board has been looking at a variety of broader issues recently.

As a committee we've been cautious to not let Governance issues monopolize our limited bandwidth. Many similar organizations can consume themselves in governance exercises and lose sight of their mission.

Term limits have been discussed at the Committee and Board level on a few occasions and much like the discussion here, there is a large variety of viewpoints but not a clear consensus.

Our current focus of activities is as follows:

* Ensuring there is an appropriate amount of accountability to ensure member input is required prior to a key change in the organization such as the mission.
* Work to ensure conflict of interest provisions meet best practices for an organization like ARIN
* Work on the Nomination Committee to improve the depth of candidates and also ensure the membership has the information it seeks to make an informed decision at voting time.

We are also looking at the broader issue of composition, structure and selection of bodies such as the Board and the Advisory Council. The issue of term limits would certainly continue to be considered here.

As committee chair I would find it valuable to continue to hear from the community what problems you believe need solving in respect to composition, structure and selection. I think if the community can assist in finding consensus around these problems the committee can decide what are the right actions to resolve those.

I continue to watch the mailing list thread with interest. Thanks to all who have provided constructive input to the committee and of course welcome further feedback either directly or to the mailing list. 

Hope that helps...


Chair, ARIN BoT Governance Committee

On Mar 31, 2014, at 2:56 PM, John Springer <springer at inlandnet.com> wrote:

> I notice from the 2013 ARIN Annual Report
> https://www.arin.net/about_us/corp_docs/annual/report2013.pdf
> (p. 11, BOARD OF TRUSTEES ACTIONS), an item, "Referred question of term limits to the ARIN Governance Committee".
> It appears this happened on 1/7/2013.
> https://www.arin.net/about_us/bot/bot2013_0107.html
> Is there anything that can be publicly said about the deliberations of this committee, on this subject, so far?
> There doesn't appear to be anything published in official BoT materials since:
> site:https://www.arin.net/about_us/bot/ "term limits"
> I ask because of the recent interest in the topic.
> John Springer
> as a member of the community
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