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Constitution & By-Laws:


​Revised December 2005/Approved November 2006; Revised February 2016/Approved March 2016

 PREAMBLE


The mission of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame is to celebrate the Kansas heritage of outstanding business leadership and to inspire students.
Goals:   

To promote an appreciation of the role of leadership in the American free enterprise system.
To recognize outstanding examples of Kansas leadership and business excellence.
To provide role models to inspire dreams and guide careers.

Recognition and celebration of outstanding contributions are a noble part of higher education’s heritage.  Traditionally, appreciation has been reserved for leaders in music, art, literature, athletics, politics, education, and science.  The Kansas Business Hall of Fame seeks to extend this tradition to business leaders.

ARTICLE 1:   THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame will be limited to a maximum of 50 members selected from business, academic centers, education, government, labor, and the general public. Members of the Board of Directors are expected to make a minimum contribution annually, as determined by the Board of Directors, to provide support for and commitment to the minimum operations and activities of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame. 

Meetings will occur a minimum of twice a year.  Personal attendance is encouraged at least once a year.  Webcam/conference calls will be available.

 The board shall consist of, but not be limited to, representatives from the following:

     A.  Representatives from Kansas universities and colleges.
     B.  The business community in, but not limited to, areas such as accounting, agriculture, distribution, energy, finance, insurance,                                      manufacturing, retail, and transportation.
     C.  Officials from government, either elected or appointed.
     D.  Others deemed necessary to further the work of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame.
     E.   The Dean of the School of Business, the Executive Director of the Center for Business and Economic        Development, and one additional               faculty member of the School of Business at Emporia State University shall serve as voting ex-officio members of the board.

 ARTICLE 2:   NOMINATION OF BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS

Board members will be nominated by a committee of five which shall be appointed by the executive committee.  The chair of the board and the executive director of Kansas Business Hall of Fame shall be members of the nomination committee. Nominees’ names may be submitted to the nominating committee by any board member but must be submitted in time for the nominations committee to mail the names of the nominees to the board members 30 days in advance of the annual meeting.  The nomination committee will also nominate officers for the coming year.  New board members and officers will be voted upon at the annual meeting of the board of directors of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame.  All nominees must subscribe to the basic goals of the Hall of Fame program.

ARTICLE 3:   TERM OF OFFICE OF BOARD MEMBERS

Board members shall be elected to serve a four-year term and shall be eligible for re-election at the end of each term.


ARTICLE 4:   EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The daily business of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame will be guided by a five-member executive committee, which includes the chair, vice chair, chair appointee, and two ex-officio members of the board.  The chair of the board will chair this committee.

ARTICLE 5:   OFFICERS

The officers of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame shall include: (1) a chair of the board, (2) a vice chair of the board, (3) an executive director, and (4) a secretary/treasurer.  Officers other than the chair, vice chair, and executive director need not be members of the board of directors.

ARTICLE 6:   WHO WILL BE HONORED IN THE KANSAS BUSINESS HALL OF FAME

 Honor awards shall be considered each year in the following categories:

     1.   Historical Heritage Award: Given to a person (or persons) who has made a contribution to the business of Kansas which clearly establishes             that person as a meriting preservation as a historical figure.
     2.   Contemporary Honors Award: Given to a person or persons of outstanding leadership in contemporary Kansas business, or a native Kansan            who has achieved national recognition.
     3.   Special Awards: Given to a person, persons, or institution for unusual service to businesses in Kansas.

 ARTICLE 7:   SELECTION CRITERIA

Annually, distribute a formal call, via email, for nominations for induction into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame to KBHF Board members, organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and similar organizations and be continuously seeking information about individuals who meet the qualifications for nomination for induction into the KBHF.


It will not be expected that all awards will be given each year.  When conferred, these are the criteria for selection:

      1.   Historical Heritage Award:  All of the following are required:
          a.   Nominations and suggestions for these awards will be solicited from the general business community, groups, and academia.
          b.   Business leaders who have added to the prestige and growth of Kansas.
          c.   Individuals who have been deceased for not less than five years.
          d.   Approval by two-thirds vote of the board of directors present.


     2.   Contemporary Honors Award:  All of the following are required:
          a.   Nominations and suggestions for these awards will be solicited from the general business community, groups, or academia.
          b.   Contemporary, living business leaders of Kansas.
          c.   They need not be living here, but the work they have done shall reflect upon the greatness and strength of Kansas.
          d.   Approval by two-thirds vote of the board of directors present.

     3.   Special Awards:  All of the following are required:
           a.   Nominations and suggestions for these awards will be solicited from the general business community, groups and academia.
           b.   Any institution or individual may be considered for this award.
           c.   The purpose is to recognize the non-business sector of Kansas society in cases where this sector has made a major contribution to                         business growth and accomplishment in Kansas.
           d.   Approval by two-thirds vote of the board of directors present.

 ARTICLE 8:   LOCATION

The Kansas Business Hall of Fame, Inc., and its executive offices shall be located in the School of Business at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.

ARTICLE 9:   CONSTITUTION ADDITIONS OR AMENDMENTS

 The constitution may be amended or repealed, and new provisions may be adopted by a majority vote of the Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting or mail vote either by U.S. mail or electronically.  Notice of any proposed amendment, addition, or repeal of a provision shall be mailed to each member of the Board at least ten (10) days before the date of the meeting when the vote on the change will be held.