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Leadership transition

The WPCampus Leadership Transition is an effort made by the WPCampus community to implement a new leadership model for our organization. Since WPCampus was founded in 2015, the leadership of our organization has mostly been handled by our Director, Rachel Cherry. Guided by our organization’s principles and priorities, along with feedback from our community, Rachel has made the majority of leadership decisions and steered the direction of our organization.

On April 13, 2022, Rachel Cherry announced that she was stepping down as Director of WPCampus and looking for help from the community to implement new leadership. Rachel also announced that WPCampus recently received 501(c)(3) status as an organization, so if we want to keep our non-profit status rolling forward, we will need to appoint a new Board of Directors.

Shortly after the April 13 announcement, a working group was formed to take charge of this leadership transition process.

Nominations are open for new Board of Directors

Starting in January 2023, the WPCampus leadership model will move from one Director (Rachel Cherry) to a Board of Directors. Rachel will serve as one of the initial Directors in the role of “Past President,” who serves as a non-voting advisor. You can read the full announcement for more information.

One of the most significant projects tackled by our leadership transition working group was creating a new set of bylaws for our organization and our Board of Directors. You can read the bylaws in the Governance section of the WPCampus website.

You can nominate yourself or someone else to be a member of the new WPCampus Board of Directors. We do not have any requirements for selection as a Director, but having at least some affiliation to working on the web, higher education, or WordPress will take precedence.

The nomination process closed on Tuesday, November 22.

You can refer to the blog post announcing the nomination process or our Board of Directors webpage for more information on the selection process.

Subscribe to the leadership transition email newsletter

All updates and information regarding the working group will be published via the leadership transition email newsletter.

Have any questions?

If you have any questions regarding the leadership transition, please feel free to post in the WPCampus Slack #transition channel or send a Slack DM to Rachel Cherry, the current WPCampus Director. You can also send an email to transition[at]wpcampus.org.

Resources

Related blog posts

Access the working group document

The working group’s main document is a great document to bookmark and reference if you are interested in following along with the transition process. The document is the main record source for any planning, tasks, questions, documents, resources, etc.

The goal of this working group

The goal of the WPCampus Leadership Transition working group is to implement a new baseline leadership model for the WPCampus organization.

Objectives of this working group

In order to meet our goal, the working group will need to:

  • Decide if WPCampus is to remain a 501c3.
  • Define a baseline leadership model
  • Define a strategy for populating the new leadership model
  • Execute said strategy and acquire new leadership

Decisions made by this group

While this working group will have to make decisions to meet its objectives, it will not make decisions regarding the organization’s mission, direction, or finances. The new leadership team will make those decisions. Any strategy decisions made by this working group will be based on current organizational priorities and parameters. Any decision made by this working group could be reversed or modified by the new leadership team.

How to get involved

We encourage everyone to contribute to this process and aim to provide options and flexibility for you to do so. If you wish to participate and are struggling for any reason, please reach out to the WPCampus #transition Slack channel or send Rachel Cherry a Slack message.

Participate in the #transition Slack channel

  • The #transition Slack channel is where the magic happens and is open and available for all questions, discussions, input, suggestions, and feedback regarding the transition and the transition working group.
  • This Slack channel is the host of our meetings in text format.
  • Missed a meeting? Have a question? Want to provide some feedback or share your perspective? We hope you will post in the WPCampus #transition Slack channel.
  • If you are not a member of our Slack, you can join the WPCampus Slack workspace.

Attend meetings

  • We will continue our meetings on Wednesday, November 2, at 1 pm Eastern and will meet weekly through December 7.
  • We will meet at the same time each week (Wednesday at 1 pm Eastern). This should be our final round of meetings.
  • You can add the next round of meetings to your calendar.
  • We hold text meetings in the WPCampus #transition Slack channel for the full discussion to be logged in the Slack channel.
  • We understand not everyone can attend meetings during our scheduled time, and we hope this method allows for you to follow along and contribute when you are able and available. We encourage you to leave your own messages and reply to previous messages.
  • We encourage feedback and input at all times, before or after a meeting.

Contribute to the transition working document