Seth Emerson once again does the Lord’s work with this piece on what the members of the UGA Athletic Board do (or, perhaps more accurately, don’t do). If you don’t want to read the entire article, I can save you the time by just referring you to the heart of the story:
There may be a mystery about what the board really does, or doesn’t do, what its role is, and the people who are on it. A major function of the board is to provide perfunctory approval to decisions already made by the athletic director.
Dissent is rare, if nonexistent.
Georgia Way gone Georgia Way, y’all. One reason for that is nobody knows much about what they’re supposedly expected to oversee.
Does the board asks questions that need to be asked? Would it be better in the long run for the board if there were more back-and-forth?
Keadle, whose background is in the banking industry, isn’t so sure. He pointed out that board members may not have relevant experience.
“None of us sitting on that athletic board understand all the aspects of a Division I major college sports program, what goes into it, how is it financed, the public-private aspects of it,” he said.
And thus they almost always defer to the president and athletics director.
Yeah, we’re in good hands.
And why would a Board member dissent, anyway? There’s too much sweet stuff to risk rocking the boat for.
When members join the board, they are provided with two complimentary season tickets for football, and one parking pass, and two complimentary season tickets for other sports upon request. Board members attend three meetings per year, in September, February and May.
Once you serve nine years, you reach emeritus status. But the board can also under “special circumstances” name an emeritus member who has only served four years. Emeritus members are no longer among the voting members but bylaws state they “shall have such privilege and rights as designated” by the board.
Free Perk U! Who’s gonna want to screw that up?
Since the president appoints the board, people tend to not speak up, from Scates’ experience. And emeritus board member status also brings prestige, and greater access.
“So everyone on the board is trying not to rock the boat so you can get that emeritus status, which is much more valuable than any Hartman funds donations (which go towards football season tickets) you could ever donate,” Scates said.
In fact, Scates believes the lure of a potential spot on the athletic board becomes is an incentive.
“Being able to get on the athletic board is a powerful carrot,” Scates said. “One reason you have trouble getting people to talk on the record is because in the back of their mind they want to get on that board one day.”
I wonder what percentage of those folks got their hands on Notre Dame tickets.