This site is not IEEE sanctioned it provides a forum for open discussion, created to be consistent with the IEEE Electioneering rules and to allow for criticism of the proposed amendment.
The official proposed amendment is located here – This includes a “mapping” with the Board’s rationale for each change
The Institute site provides an IEEE forum here
The FAQ/rationale and limitations on Board member discussion is here.
A FAQ that includes both Pro and Con: IEEE Constitutional Amendment FAQ rev 6
This Web Site was created in May 2015 by Jim Isaak*, with input from a community of senior IEEE leaders concerned with the problems created by the proposed 2015 Amendment to the IEEE Constitution. We feel it is critical for IEEE members to reject this amendment with it’s many aspects.
We support the process of improving the governance of IEEE. But the “right way” to proceed is to:
- Develop a governance model
- Socialize this with members, volunteers
- Propose the changes to the Constitution IF any are needed
And the bylaws
Doing these things in the right order will help build trust and support among members, volunteers and IEEE leaders world wide. The current process of significantly changing the constitution so the Board of Directors can do anything via modifications of the bylaws with little or no notice undermines trust. Since a actual governance model has not been established, (much less one in August of 2014 when the Constitutional Amendment was approved by the Board) the Amendment is really a blank check for this and future Boards to make any changes they may wish with no member notice or approval process.
The official information from the IEEE Board of Directors (included in the “markup” version of the Amendment) states for specific changes:
“This change would move the approval of future changes to the IEEE Board of Directors, as opposed to the members.“
”This change would allow for modifications in the future to provide some other process by which Directors may be selected without the members approval.”
We can move together to make IEEE better, rather than fan the fires of dissent and distrust.
We welcome your comments, your endorsement and above all Please vote NO on the amendment this summer — and share this insight with your IEEE colleagues.
*2003/4 Division VIII Director, 2010 CS President, 2015 SSIT VP