ARTICLE VII: NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Section 1. DESCRIPTION

There shall be a Nominating Committee of PICA, responsible for the selection of all PICA Directors except the President and those Directors selected by PICA's Supporting Organizations, and for such other selections as are set forth in these Bylaws.

Section 2. COMPOSITION

The Nominating Committee shall be composed of the following persons:

1. A Voting Chair, appointed by the PICA Board;

2. A non-voting Chair-Elect, appointed by the PICA Board as a non-voting advisor;

3. A voting liaison appointed by the PICA Advisory Committee;

4. One voting delegate each selected by the following entities:

a. The Data Supporting Organization established by Article VIII of these Bylaws;

b. The At Large Community; and

c. The Expert Advisory Group established by Article XI of these Bylaws.

5.Optional a non-voting Associate Chair, who may be appointed by the Chair, at his/her sole discretion, to serve during all or part of the term of the Chair. The associate Chair may not be a person who is otherwise a member of the same Nominating Committee. The Associate Chair shall assist the Chair in carrying out the duties of the Chair, but shall not serve, temporarily or otherwise, in the place of the Chair.

Section 3. TERMS

1. Each voting delegate shall serve a two-year term. A delegate may serve at most two successive two-year terms, after which at least two years must elapse before the individual is eligible to serve another term.

2. The regular term of each voting delegate shall begin at the conclusion of the PICA annual meeting and shall end at the conclusion of the immediately following PICA annual meeting.

3. Non-voting liaisons shall serve during the term designated by the entity that appoints them. The Chair, the Chair-Elect and any Associate Chair shall serve as such until the conclusion of the next PICA annual meeting.

4. It is anticipated that upon the conclusion of the term of the Chair-Elect, the Chair-Elect will be appointed by the Board to the position of Chair. However, the Board retains the discretion to appoint any other person to the position of Chair. At the time of appointing a Chair-Elect, if the Board determines that the person identified to serve as Chair shall be appointed as Chair for a successive term, the Chair-Elect position shall remain vacant for the term designated by the Board.

5. Vacancies in the position of delegate, non-voting liaison, Chair or Chair-Elect shall be filled by the entity entitled to select the delegate, non-voting liaison, Chair or Chair-Elect involved. For any term that the Chair-Elect position is vacant pursuant to paragraph 4 of this Article, or until any other vacancy in the position of Chair-Elect can be filled, a non-voting advisor to the Chair may be appointed by the Board from among persons with prior service on the Board or a Nominating Committee, including the immediately previous Chair of the Nominating Committee. A vacancy in the position of Associate Chair may be filled by the Chair in accordance with the criteria established by Section 2 of this Article.

6. The existence of any vacancies shall not affect the obligation of the Nominating Committee to carry out the responsibilities assigned to it in these Bylaws.  

Section 4. CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE DELEGATES

Delegates to the PICA Nominating Committee shall be:

1. Accomplished persons of integrity, objectivity and intelligence, with reputations for sound judgement and open minds, and with experience and competence with collegial large group decision-making;

2 Persons with wide contacts, broad experience in the Internet community, and a commitment to the success of PICA;

3. Persons whom the selecting body is confident will consult widely and accept input in carrying out their responsibilities; 

4. Persons who are neutral and objective, without any fixed personal commitments to particular individuals, organizations, or commercial objectives in carrying out their Nominating Committee responsibilities;

5. Persons with an understanding of PICA's mission and the potential impact of PICA's activities on the At Large Community who are willing to serve as volunteers, without compensation other than reimbursement of certain expenses; and

6. Persons who are able to work and communicate in written and spoken English.

Section 5. DIVERSITY

In carrying out its responsibilities to select members of the PICA Board (and selections to any other PICA bodies as the Nominating Committee is responsible for under these Bylaws), the Nominating Committee shall take into account the continuing membership of the PICA Board (and such other bodies), and seek to ensure that the persons selected to fill vacancies on the PICA Board (and each such other body) shall, to the extent feasible and consistent with the other criteria required to be applied by Section 4 of this Article, make selections guided by Core Value 4 in Article 1, Section 2.

Section 6. ADMINISTRATIVE AND OPERATIONAL SUPPORT

PICA shall provide administrative and operational support necessary for the Nominating Committee to carry out its responsibilities.

Section 7. PROCEDURES

The Nominating Committee shall adopt such operating procedures as it deems necessary, which shall be published on the Website.

Section 8. INELIGIBILITY FOR SELECTION BY NOMINATING COMMITTEE

No person who serves on the Nominating Committee in any capacity shall be eligible for selection by any means to any position on the Board or any other PICA body having one or more membership positions that the Nominating Committee is responsible for filling, until the conclusion of an PICA annual meeting that coincides with, or is after, the conclusion of that person's service on the Nominating Committee.

Section 9. INELIGIBILITY FOR SERVICE ON NOMINATING COMMITTEE

No person who is an employee of or paid consultant to PICA (including the Ombudsman) shall simultaneously serve in any of the Nominating Committee positions described in Section 2 of this Article.