UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION
Article I. Name and Location
The name of this non-profit association shall be Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association, hereafter referred to as the "Association." Headquarters is located at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Article II. Purpose
The Association is formed exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, specifically for the purpose of promoting the welfare of the Defense Acquisition University, with which it is affiliated.
Article III. Objectives
A. The objectives of this organization are to provide:
1. A members' forum for continuing professional growth of the defense acquisition community.
2. A source of defense acquisition management expertise to promote the Defense Acquisition University’s reputation as a world-class acquisition learning center.
B. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution, the Association shall only engage in activities permitted to be carried on:
1. By an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law,) or
2. By an organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(C)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.)
C. In furtherance of its objectives:
1. No part of the net earnings of the Association shall be used for the benefit of any individual officer or member.
2. No part of the activities of the Association shall be for lobbying, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Association shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
Article IV. Membership
A. Qualifications and Classes of Membership.
1. Regular Members. Graduates of the program management courses, executive courses, short courses and learning modules given by the Defense Acquisition University, and present and past faculty and professional staff members assigned to DAU shall be eligible to become Regular Members.
2. Associate Members. Individuals in Government and Industry who are currently serving, or who have previously served, in defense acquisition program management positions but who do not qualify for Regular Membership, are eligible to become Associate Members.
3. Honorary Members. The Association may, upon approval by a two-thirds secret ballot vote of votes cast by the Board of Directors, elect individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the area of defense acquisition management or to the Defense Acquisition University. Such recognition shall be limited to two (2) individuals per year, but it is not mandatory that the two Honorary Memberships be awarded each year. Honorary Membership is for life, and no annual dues or other assessments are applicable. In addition, the current and past Presidents of DAU and the current and past Commandants of the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) and members of the Board of Advisors are automatically Honorary Members.
B. Rights and Privileges. Only Regular Members shall be entitled to vote, hold elected office or be appointed to chair a standing committee of the Association.
C. Application. Applications for admission to the Association shall be made on a form provided by the Association, shall include the applicable fees, and shall be forwarded to the Association address indicated on the application form.
D. Termination and Reinstatement. Membership can be terminated for two reasons:
1. For non-payment of dues, after a sixty day grace period. Reinstatement may be granted upon payment of dues during any subsequent cycle.
2. By a four-fifths vote of votes cast by the Association’s duly elected officers, upon finding that the conduct of a member is prejudicial to the interest of the Association.
Article V. Management and Operations
The Officers of the Association shall be
Regular Members and shall consist of a President, four (4) Vice
Presidents, a Secretary, and a
2. Terms of office shall be for 1 year from one annual meeting to the next.
Responsibilities of officers are described in
the Operating Procedures. Ceremonial installation of officers shall
occur in conjunction with
B. Board of Directors.
The power of administration, management, and
operation, as well as dissolution of the Association, shall be vested in
the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors shall consist of the
elected officers of the Association, the Immediate Past President, five
Regular Members elected
The term of office for the at-large members
shall be 2 years, staggered as described in the Operating Procedures.
All others will serve
Finances of the Association shall be administered by the Finance
Committee, chaired by the Treasurer and with the President as an
Procedures. The latest edition of "Robert's'
Rules of Order" shall be used as a reference for the conduct of all
Committees. The activities of the Association
shall be conducted through voluntary groups of members organized into
committees as described in
Board of Advisors. A Board of Advisors, to be
chaired by the President of DAU, will be established as required and
upon mutual agreement
Chapters. Chapters may be formed wherever
significant numbers of members are located. A petition to charter a
chapter, containing at least
Article VI. Nominations and Elections.
Nominations. Nominations from current Regular
members shall be solicited for Officers and Directors-at-Large, as
described in the Operating Procedures. The Nominations
Elections. Elections shall be conducted by the
Nominations and Elections Committee using a ballot vote of all Regular
Members in good standing, in accordance with
C. Resignations. An Officer or Board Member who can no longer fulfill the responsibilities of office shall offer his or her resignation in writing to the President of the Association.
An Officer or Director who is not fulfilling the responsibilities of
office may, by two-thirds of votes cast by voting members of the Board
of Directors, be
of Vacancies. Vacancies in Officer or Board positions shall be filled by
appointment of the President based upon nominations solicited from, and
Article VII. Meetings.
A. Board Meetings.
The Association shall hold at least two (2)
Board of Directors meetings annually, one of which is in conjunction
with the annual DAU symposium or some
All Board Meetings shall be open to all
members of the organization; however, only voting Board Members may
present motions and vote. Ceremonial installation
A quorum shall consist of more than 50 percent
of the current voting Board Members and is necessary to conduct
business. Board Members unable to attend may
4. Special Board Meetings may be called by the President as required; telecommunications are encouraged, provided a quorum is obtained.
Annual Symposium. The Association shall
conduct an annual symposium on behalf of DAU. The purpose of the
symposium is to provide a training and education forum
Article VIII. Dues and Assessments.
Payment of annual dues shall establish both
Regular and Associate Membership in the organization. Dues are payable
at the time of application for either 1 year or
B. No assessments other than dues shall be levied against any member of the Association.
Solicitation of Alumni Funds. The Association
may, in accordance with Federal and State laws and regulations, solicit
contributions from individuals, organizations,
Article IX. Pecuniary Liability
The Association is a private, not-for-profit
association. It is neither an appropriated nor a nonappropriated fund
instrumentality. There is no official relationship between
A copy of this Constitution and Operating
Procedures shall be posted at all times on the Association’s web site,
and a copy shall be present at all Board of
The Board of Directors has the authority to
invest monetary assets of the Association in interest bearing accounts.
Article X. Amendments
This Constitution may be revised by two-thirds of the votes cast in a ballot membership vote, provided that the membership is provided at least 30 days to vote on any proposed revisions. Regular and Associate Members of the Association may propose amendments to this Constitution, in writing, to the Vice President (Operations). Only Regular Members may vote on amendments to the Constitution.
Article XI. Dissolution
Upon dissolution of the Association, the President of the Association shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all liabilities of the Association, dispose of all of the assets of the Association in such manner or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes, as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) as the President shall determine.
Article XII. Order of Precedence
A. In the case of any omission or conflict between this Constitution and Department of Defense Regulations or other pertinent directives, the latter shall govern.
B. In the case of any omission or conflict between this Constitution and the Association Operating Procedures, the Constitution shall govern.