Constitutional Changes Ratified by AHA Members

AHA Staff, March 2008

The proposed revisions to the AHA constitution were overwhelmingly approved by the membership, by a vote of 605 to 58. The revisions have been through a long process of consultation and review; after preliminary approval by the AHA Council last June, they were placed before the membership in Perspectives and two interactive discussion forums, which led to some small modifications. The revisions were submitted to the AHA business meeting in January and received unanimous approval. They were then distributed to the full membership for a vote by electronic ballot.

The AHA's Nominating Committee took note of these constitutional reforms when it met in early February to discuss the nominations it received and to prepare the slate of candidates for the election to be held in the coming fall. The slate and an explanation about the new governance structure will be published in the April 2008 issue of Perspectives on History.

The AHA's staff will also be developing revisions to the AHA bylaws to bring them into conformity with the modified Constitution for consideration by the AHA Council in June. As always, members are invited to share their thoughts and concerns about the revisions and other related matters. Questions and comments may be sent to AHA Executive Director Arnita Jones by e-mail.