I’ve been reading a lot about the recruitment of new nonprofit directors lately. It can be a controversial issue and unless your Board Governance Documents cover the process, it can lead to anything from hurt feelings to animosity. ED’s and board presidents: How does your organization handle recruitment of candidates for consideration to serve on the board? I am really curious.

In my opinion, the Governance Committee owns and leads this important process but it must secure and strongly consider the Executive Director’s input along the way. The ED’S opinion probably is worth the same as any one director’s opinion (maybe even a bit more) but should not be determinative of the final decision.

I understand there could be special situations that might change my opinion. I am just saying that since the board has the fiduciary duty to the organization, it ultimately makes the final call.

What say you?