Bylaws of the American Psychological Association - Article VIII: Officers

  1. The officers of the Association shall be as follows: a President, a President-elect, a Past President, a Recording Secretary, a Treasurer, and a chief staff officer. They shall hold office until their successors are elected and qualify.

  2. The President shall be a Member of the Association who has just completed a term as President-elect. During the term of office, the President shall serve as presiding officer of the Association, the Board of Directors, and Council. The President shall perform such other duties as are prescribed in the Bylaws, as are incident to the office, or as may properly be required of the President by vote of Council or the Board of Directors.

  3. The President-elect shall be a Member of the Association, elected by preferential ballot, and shall take office as President-elect on January 1 of the year following his/her election. During the term of office, the President-elect shall serve as presiding officer of the Association, the Board of Directors, and Council in the absence of the President.

  4. In the event that the President shall not serve out a term for any reason, the President-Elect shall succeed to the unexpired remainder thereof and continue through his/her own term. In the event that the President-elect shall not be able to serve out a term, both a President and a President-elect shall be nominated and elected at the time of the next election and shall assume office by declaration of Council on January 1 of the year following his/her election.
  5. In the event that both the President and the President-elect shall be unable to serve, the Board of Directors shall elect one of its members to serve as presiding officer of the Association, the Board of Directors, and Council.

  6. The Past President shall be the most recently retired President and shall chair the Election Committee. The Past President shall not be eligible to appear as a candidate on the President-elect election ballot.

  7. The Recording Secretary shall be a Member of the Association, elected by the immediately previous Council following nomination by the Board of Directors, and shall serve for a term of three years, beginning on January 1 of the year following his/her election, and shall not succeed himself/herself more than once in this office. During the term of office, the Recording Secretary shall serve as secretary of Council and of the Board of Directors and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed in these Bylaws. It shall be the duty of the Recording Secretary to keep the records of all meetings of Council and of the Board of Directors; to file and hold subject to call and to direct the publication of such records, reports, and proceedings as are authorized by these Bylaws and by vote of Council or the Board of Directors at any duly constituted meeting; and to perform all other secretarial duties for Council and the Board of Directors as are not delegated to the chief staff officer. In case of the death or incapacity of the Treasurer, the Recording Secretary is authorized to perform the duties normally assigned to the Treasurer.

  8. The Treasurer of the Association shall be a Member of the Association, elected by the immediately previous Council following nominations by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall take office for a term of three years, beginning at the end of the fiscal year during which his/her election is announced, and shall not succeed himself/herself in this office more than once. During the term of office, the Treasurer shall serve as senior financial officer of the Association and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed in these Bylaws. The Treasurer shall have authority to sign checks and drafts on behalf of the Association for disbursement of funds for duly authorized purposes of the Association as provided by Bylaws or by vote of Council or the Board of Directors. He/she shall deliver an audited report for each fiscal year to the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall chair the Finance Committee and serve ex officio, without vote, on the Publications and Communications Board. In the case of the death or incapacity of the Recording Secretary, the Treasurer is authorized to perform the duties normally assigned to the Recording Secretary.

  9. The Board of Directors shall nominate a Member of the Association to Council for confirmation as chief staff officer who shall be the administrative officer of the Association and Director of the Central Office. The chief staff officer's official title shall be determined by the Board of Directors. The chief staff officer shall be responsible for the staff, their hiring, training, performance, and termination. The chief staff officer shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors and Council or as may be prescribed in these Bylaws. Confirmation of the chief staff officer shall be by a two-thirds vote of those Council members voting. The chief staff officer shall be confirmed for a term not to exceed five years and may be reconfirmed. During this term the chief staff officer shall not hold any other office within the Association or any of its Divisions or State, Provincial or Territorial Psychological Associations.

  10. Any officer may be removed from office before the expiration of a term by a two-thirds vote of those present at a meeting of Council if it appears that the best interest of the Association is not being served.

  11. The officers of the Association shall be bonded by an amount fixed by the Board of Directors.