Governance

The legislative and policy-making body of the American Optometric Association is the House of Delegates, which is established and functions as provided in the bylaws. The administrative body of this association is the Board of Trustees, which implements the policies established by the House of Delegates and performs such duties as are prescribed in the bylaws.

Governance Documents 

House of Delegates

Optometry's Meeting® 2021: Thursday, June 24 & Saturday, June 26

For more than a century, optometry's preeminent assembly of leaders and decision-makers has led the advancement of our profession. Join us as the House of Delegates discusses the latest developments in optometry and essential governance updates, news from the AOA Board of Trustees and the presentation of awards. All members are invited to attend sessions, including the election and installation of the AOA Board of Trustees. Hear the latest in advocacy news and accomplishments, and glimpse the future of optometry from our AOA leaders.

2021 Documents

Agenda & Handbook

Resolutions

Status Report - Proposed Resolutions

Judicial Council Motions: 5-Year Review

Judicial Council Motions: 5-Year Review (master document)

2021-2022 Board of Trustees Elections

Familiarize yourself with those doctors seeking to represent members on the AOA Board of Trustees. Be sure to check out our recent news article, containing full bio information for each candidate.

Candidates

Board Candidates

2021-2022 AOA Board of Trustees Candidates (left to right): Robert C. Layman, O.D.; James P. DeVleming, O.D.; Ronald L. Benner, O.D.; Steven T. Reed, O.D.; Jacqueline M. Bowen, O.D.; Teri K. Geist, O.D.; Belinda R. Starkey, O.D.

Section Bylaws Amendment

CLCS Bylaws–Proposed New Article VI Section 6

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