Although sponsored by Empire State College, it is important to emphasize that the Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) is an independent entity, with its own bylaws, established and governed solely by its own membership. It could not function without the active involvement of the people who volunteer to serve as study group leaders and participate in the committees that support the central academic program.
The Academy is governed through five standing committees and an elected executive council which coordinates the work of the committees and determines A.L.L. policies and procedures. The officers are: the executive council chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary and treasurer. An Empire State College liaison is appointed by the College. The Academy’s executive director, employed by the executive council, is responsible for carrying out the council’s policy decisions, managing the office and conducting the day-to-day business of the Academy. The Empire State College liaison, the A.L.L. executive director and the immediate past executive council chairperson are ex officio members of the council.
All members of the executive council and the various committees work cooperatively to support the Academy and to foster the good will of the community.
Each of the five standing committees has a chair and up to fifteen other members. The committee chairs are elected by the A.L.L. members present at the annual meeting in June. Subsequent to that election, each chair appoints the other committee members. Council officers' terms of office are for one year, beginning on July 1, and expiring on June 30 and may be re-elected for an additional year. Committee chairs serve for two years and may be re-elected for a third consecutive year, after which they may be elected in a different position on the council. A member is limited to six consecutive years on the council. After one year off, they may again be elected to serve. Committee members may serve without time limitation, subject to re-appointment by the current chair, but may be voting members of only one committee at a time.
Responsibilities outlined in the bylaws:
Ad hoc committees are formed by the executive council as needed. The executive council chair appoints the chairs of these committees.
The A.L.L. Executive Council Handbook contains a detailed description of how the Academy for Lifelong Learning is governed, who sits on the executive council, how they are elected, and what each person's responsibilities entail.