The leadership of an academic society is often confronted with several goals in their commitment to optimize value for its membership, while maintaining fiscal responsibilities. Members are usually interested in conventional benefits offered by an academic society historically focused on education, research funding, networking, professional development, mentorship, sponsorship, and advocacy.

Characteristics of a society's high-functioning board of directors include its responsibility to be visionary; to identify and implement novel trends into new and future programs; to be data-driven in striving to maintain its mission; and to focus on organizational strategy while leaving administration and execution to the management team. However, there are several other important factors required to develop a strong foundation of culture within an academic society, including a commitment to both visibility and availability of the leadership to its membership. Respect for diversity among the faculty and...

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