Advisory Council By-Laws
The Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness was founded in 2014 through the generous financial support from Hunt Family Foundation to produce high-quality market analysis tools that can strengthen regional and binational cross-border economic and social development in serving the Paso del Norte Region and beyond.
The Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness undertakes research on several fronts:
- Externally funded grant and contract work;
- Economic impact analysis;
- Maintaining regional databases;
- Tracking educational attainment in the region;
- Dissemination of a monthly newsletter;
- Authoring periodic in-depth policy-practitioner oriented studies; and
- Presentation and engagement activities with industry and governmental entities.
Advisory Council Mission Statement
The mission of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness Advisory Council is to provide advice, guidance, and support for the mission, goals, and strategic planning that fosters continued development of the Institute in fulfilling its core objectives.
Constitution and By-Laws
ARTICLE I (Name)
This organization shall be known as the Hunt Institute Advisory Council (hereafter referred to as HIAC) at The University of Texas at El Paso.
ARTICLE II (Purpose)
Section 1. The general purpose of the HIAC shall be to provide advice, guidance, and support for the mission, goals, and strategic planning that fosters the continued development of the Institute in fulfilling its core objectives. The HIAC shall serve in an advisory role to the current Dean of the College of Business Administration and the Institute Director in promoting the Institute’s mission.
Section 2. It is anticipated that the HIAC will assist in promoting the professional image of and good relations for the Institute with the broader community to include industry, governmental entities, and policymakers. More specifically, the HIAC shall assist the Institute by:
- Providing advice and counsel to the Dean and Director on all pertinent matters, internal and external, that affect the Institute to best relate the Institute and its on-going research to the changing needs of the broader community in elevating the Institute’s profile and impact.
- Providing feedback on budget planning and resource allocation decisions in fulfilling the Institute’s mission.
- Assisting the Institute in acquiring the resources necessary to continue its development in areas of key research and relevant application to inform industry, governmental entities, and policymakers through external funding opportunities, networks, and private donations. This includes facilitating opportunities for Institute staff in meaningful engagements and other relationships that contribute to advancing the goals of the HIAC.
- Provide feedback and advice on the variety of research output generated and current engagement activities.
ARTICLE III (Membership)
Section 1. The HIAC shall include the Dean of the College of Business Administration, the Institute Director, and nine external members. For voting purposes, the composition of the advisory council will maintain an odd number of members. External members of the HIAC should be comprised of executive leadership from private and public (for-profit or non-for-profit) organizations having a strong interest in the mission of the Institute.
Section 2. The Dean of the College of Business Administration and the Institute Director will hold permanent seats on the advisory council regardless of the individual who fills the role. The external members may be appointed to renewable three-year terms with new appointments becoming effective at the next meeting of the HIAC and renewed appointments each year effective September 1. Terms will align with the University’s fiscal year, September 1-August 31 of a given year.
Section 3. Individuals shall be nominated by a member of the HIAC and elected by a majority vote of the HIAC members attending any regular meeting.
Section 4. Expectations of membership on the HIAC include, but are not limited to, a request for attendance at a majority of the HIAC meetings within a three-year term; contributions of time, resources, or in-kind service to the Institute; and, the recognition that HIAC members represent the Institute to the larger community.
ARTICLE IV (Officers)
Section 1. The Dean of the College of Business Administration shall serve as Chair of the HIAC.
Section 2. The Vice-Chair shall also be selected by the Dean and shall serve a like term of three years, renewable for a maximum of one additional year. The Vice-Chair shall preside at the meetings of the HIAC in the absence of the Chair and represent him/her at such other times, and in such manner as may be designated by the Chair.
Section 3. In the event neither the Chair nor Vice Chair is able to preside, a member of the HIAC designated by the Dean shall preside.
Section 4. The duties of the Chair are:
- To preside at all HIAC meetings.
- To work with the HIAC to establish the agenda for meetings.
- To organize and focus the activities of the HIAC in order to fulfill its purpose.
Section 5. The duties of the Vice-Chair are to assist the Chair.
ARTICLE V (Meetings)
Section 1. The HIAC will have three scheduled meetings during a year (Fall, Spring, and Summer) with the dates established by the Chair in consultation with the advisory council members. The meeting agenda will be developed in consultation with advisory council members. A meeting agenda shall be distributed to all members of the HIAC at least 7 days in advance of any meeting.
Section 2. The Director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness shall have the responsibility to provide a status report of the Institute at each advisory council meeting that includes activities, cumulative accomplishments, and issues for discussion for advisory council members. The status report will become part of the official meeting minutes.
Section 3. The format of meetings will generally be open and informal to maximize discussion of topics. The Program Manager of the Institute will be responsible for meeting agenda minutes.
Section 4. There must be an attendance of two-thirds of the membership to constitute a quorum. For advisory council members who cannot attend in person can do so virtually.
ARTICLE VI (By-laws and Amendments)
These by-laws may be accepted and amended by a majority vote of the members of the MLAC provided the members have been sent a copy of the amendment prior to the meeting. Voting by proxy will not be allowed.