Dental Alumni Association of UMDNJ Dental School serves and supports
its members in the advancement of relationships between the Association,
the Dental School and the Professional Community at large. The
Association also fosters, enhances and maintains the reputation
of the New Jersey Dental School, its graduates and the profession
1 - Definition
The membership of the Association shall be composed of Active
members, Faculty members, Associate members, Honorary members,
Life members and Student members.
2 - Categories
Active Members shall be dues paying members,
who graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey – New Jersey Dental School and its predecessors,
who received their Dental Doctorate Degree (DDS or DMD). All
others who have completed no less than two years in a Graduate
or Postgraduate Program at the New Jersey Dental School will
also be offered active membership. These members shall be represented
by one duly elected Delegate and one alternate Delegate from
each program, alternating odd and even years. Only active members
are eligible to hold office.
Faculty Members shall be dues paying members
who are on the Dental School Faculty and who have held or currently
hold an academic appointment. They shall be represented by one
delegate and one alternate delegate, who is elected by faculty
members and approved by the Board of Directors. They shall have
Associate Members shall be dues paying members.
They are invited and elected to membership by the Board of Directors.
They shall be represented by one Delegate and one alternative
Delegate, who are elected by active members from each respective
group listed below. They shall have one vote. They may include:
2. Graduates from the Dental Hygiene Program
3. Graduates from the Dental Assistant Program
Graduates from the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assistant Program
must currently hold an Academic Appointment at UMDNJ Dental
School or affiliated Schools.
Honorary Members shall be elected by the Executive
Board to membership for significant contributions to the Dental
Alumni Association. They shall pay no dues, have no voting privileges
nor hold office.
Life Members may be conferred to an Alumnus/Alumna
who has been an active member in good standing for 35 consecutive
years, and age of, and after 65 years, who abide by the code
of Ethics of the American Dental Association. They shall retain
all the privileges of active members. They shall pay no dues.
Student Members are students in good standing
at the UMDNJ-Dental School. They shall pay no dues. There shall
be a Student Representative who is elected by the Senior Class
and approved by the Executive Board, whose approval shall not
unreasonably be denied.
3 - Good Standing
Only members in good standing may be eligible to vote
or be elected Officer or Delegate. In order to be in good standing,
the member must abide by the Code of Ethics of the American Dental
Association and be a dues paying member where indicated.
4 - Dues
Membership dues shall be established as detailed in Article V,
Section 3h and shall be assessed annually. The dues shall be due
January 1st of each year.
IV EXECUTIVE BOARD
1 - Officers
The Executive Board of this Association shall consist of a President,
a President-Elect, a Vice President, a Secretary/Treasurer and
Immediate Past President and none shall hold more than one office
simultaneously except in the case of a vacancy in the office of
the Vice President and/or Secretary/Treasurer. In this instance,
one individual shall perform the duties of both officers until
a new Secretary/Treasurer is elected at the next election of Delegates.
2 - Duties
The powers and duties of the Executive Board shall be:
To conduct the general business and executive control of this
b) To elect Honorary Members to the Association as provided
in Article III, Section 2d.
c) To approve the student representative elected by the senior
class as provided in Article III, Section 2f.
3 - Term
Each Officer shall serve one full term of two years, or until
a successor has taken office.
4 - President
The powers and duties of the President shall be:
To act as chief administrative officer and legal head of the
b) To preside as the chairperson at all meetings, except meetings
of the Nominating Committee.
c) To act as or appoint a designee as liaison with the appropriate
individuals, divisions or departments of UMDNJ, New Jersey Dental
School or other individuals, groups or organizations.
d) To cast a deciding vote in all cases of a tie.
e) To sign all necessary documents and co-sign all checks.
f) To appoint committee chairpersons and members to the standing
and special committees of this Association as provided in Article
VIII, Sections 2 and 3.
g) To call special meetings of the Executive Board and/or Board
of Directors as provided in Article VI, Sections 2 and 3.
h) To fill vacancies in the Board of Delegates as provided in
Article V, Section 4.
i) To fill vacancies of a committee chairperson as provided
in Article VIII, Sections 2 and 3.
j) To serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.
k) To appoint a Nominating Committee, and serve as a voting
member of that committee as provided in Article VII, Section
l) To perform other duties as they arise.
5 - President-Elect
The powers and duties of the President-Elect shall be:
a) To serve as President in the event the President is incapacitated,
resigns or is removed from office as provided in Section 9(a)
of this Article.
b) To serve as President when the preceding President’s
term of office expires.
c) To be responsible for the interpretation of, adherence to
and changes to these By-Laws.
d) To serve as a voting member of the Nominating Committee as
provided in Article VII, Section 1.
6 - Vice President
The powers and duties of the Vice President shall be:
a) To serve as President-Elect in the event the President-Elect
is incapacitated, resigns or is removed from office as provided
in Article V, Section 3(g).
b) To serve as President in the event the President and President-Elect
are incapacitated or vacancies occur in those offices.
c) To serve as President-Elect when the preceding “President-Elects”
term of office expires.
d) To serve as Parliamentarian of the Executive Board and Board
e) To serve as Chairperson of the bi-annual Installation Meeting.
f) To co-chair the Budget and Finance Committee as provided
in Article VIII, Section 1(d).
g) To perform the duties of the Secretary/Treasurer in the event
of a vacancy in that office until a new Secretary/Treasurer
is elected at the next election of Delegates.
Section 7 - Secretary/Treasurer
The powers and duties of the Secretary/Treasurer shall be:
a) To oversee and be responsible for the minutes of all meetings.
b) To oversee and be responsible for the finances and financial
reports of the Association.
c) To co-sign checks and other financial reports and documents
of this Association.
d) To co-chair the Budget and Finance Committee as provided
in Article VIII, Section 1(d).
e) To serve as Vice President in the event the Vice President
is incapacitated or a vacancy occurs in that office.
f) To serve as Vice President when the preceding “Vice
Presidents” term of office expires.
8 - Immediate Past President
The powers and duties of the Immediate Past President shall be:
To serve as an ex-officio member of the Executive Board with
b) To serve as Chairperson and voting member of the Nominating
Committee as provided in Article VII, Section 1.
9 - Vacancies and/or Removal from Office
The President may be removed from office for cause, upon recommendation
from the Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Immediate
Past President, by the Board of Directors as provided in Article
V, Section 3(f).
b) In the event a member of the Executive Board is incapacitated,
resigns or is removed from office for cause by the Board of
Directors, as provided in Article V, Section 3(g), the officer
who is next in rank automatically moves up to fill the vacancy
assuming all the powers, responsibilities and privileges of
c) In the event of a vacancy in the office of Secretary/Treasurer,
the vacancy is filled at the next election of Delegates.
d) In the event of a vacancy in the office of Immediate Past
President, the preceding Immediate Past President will assume
1 - Composition
The Board of Directors shall consist of the Executive Board and
the Board of Delegates, Delegates and alternate Delegates (one
from each class) from the Graduate Program, whose number is dictated
by Article III, Section 2, one Faculty Delegate and one alternate
Delegate, one Associate Delegate and one alternate Delegate and
one Senior Student Representative.
2 - Term
Each Delegate shall hold office for a term of two years.
3 - Power and Duties
The power and duties of the Board of Directors shall be:
To oversee the affairs of the Association in accordance with
the Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws of this Association.
b) To establish rules of conduct of its own meetings
c) To make available an Annual Report of the Board’s transactions
upon request of the membership.
d) To approve the Faculty Members elected to the Board as proved
in Article III, Section 2(b).
e) To elect Associate Members to this Board as provided in Article
III, Section 2 (c).
f) To approve removal of the President as provided in Article
IV, Section 9(a), by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members
in good standing, present and voting. [At least one-third (1/3)
of the total number of fully privileged Delegate members of
this Board, as of the previous November 1st must be present.
A motion for removal from office cannot be voted upon at the
Board of Directors meeting at which the motion is made. The
Board of Directors, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those Board
members present and voting, may suspend the Officer/Delegate
pending a final determination that cause exists for removal.]
g) To remove for cause any officer of the Executive Board or
any Delegate of this Board by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the
fully privileged members in good standing, present and voting.
h) To establish the dues for each membership category, as recommended
by the Budget and Finance Committee, by a majority vote of the
Delegates present and voting. The Board may reduce or waive
dues for individual members in any membership category by a
i) To approve Presidential appointments of chairpersons to standing
committees by a majority vote as provided in Article VIII, Section
4 - Vacancies
a) If a Delegate becomes incapacitated, resigns or is removed
from the Board, the vacancy shall be filled by Presidential appointment,
with a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
b) In the absence of a Delegate, the Alternate Delegate, must
be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Delegates, shall
be in attendance with voting privileges.
The Board of Directors shall have an annual meeting for the transaction
of business of the Association. The time and place of this meeting
shall be determined by the Executive Board.
A special business meeting of the Association may be convened
by a majority vote of the Executive Board.
Members shall be notified of a special meeting of the Association
at least fourteen days (14) in advance of such meeting.
Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure shall be parliamentary
authority at all meetings. The Vice President, as stipulated in
Article IV, Section 6, shall be the Parliamentarian.
The Board of Directors shall convene a minimum of four (4) times
During the periods between meetings of the Board of Directors,
the Executive Board shall conduct the management of affairs of
A minimum of one-third (1/3rd) of the total number of the Board
of Directors, including one (1) member of the Executive Board,
shall constitute a quorum to conduct business at the Board of
At least ninety (90) days before the annual meeting, the President
shall appoint a Nominating Committee, which shall consist of the
Immediate Past President, who shall act as Chairperson, the President,
the President-Elect and two delegates at large, voted in at the
Board of Directors meeting.
The incumbent President-Elect, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer
shall become President, President-Elect and Vice President at
the bi-annual meeting of the Association and shall remain in that
capacity until succeeded by incoming members to the Executive
The Secretary/Treasurer and Delegates shall be elected by mail
ballot by the members of this Association and shall take office
at the Installation Meeting bi-annually. Alternate Delegates will
be elected in the same manner and shall take office at the first
Board of Directors meeting following their election.
At least ninety (90) days before the annual meeting any member
of the Board of Directors may furnish the Nominating Committee
with a list of preferred nominees. Such recommendations, however
shall not be binding.
The Nominating Committee will make nominations for Secretary/Treasurer
At least sixty (60) days before the annual meeting, the Nominating
Committee’s nominations for Delegates shall be made available
by the Alumni Affairs Coordinator to all members of the Association,
together with a notice that independent nominations may be made
by mail, e-mail or fax, and must be received by the Alumni Affairs
Coordinator forty-five (45) days in advance of the annual meeting.
These independent nominations, to be valid, must include the signatures
of at least five (5) active alumni in good standing. Nominations
for Secretary/Treasurer are held bi-annually. Odd and even year
Delegate elections shall be held alternating years annually, odd
year Delegates being elected in odd years and even year Delegates
in even years.
The Alumni Affairs Coordinator shall present the final ballot,
including write-in nominations to the members by mail thirty (30)
days before the annual meeting. Ballots must be the in hands of
the Alumni Affairs Coordinator fifteen (15) days before the annual
A majority of votes, cast by mail ballot and counted by the Alumni
Affairs Coordinator and any member of the Board of Directors,
shall elect the Secretary/Treasurer to that office and Delegates
to the Board of Directors.
In the event there are no independent nominations for the Secretary/Treasurer’s
office, the nominee selected by the Nominating Committee shall
be declared elected, and Section 7 of this Article shall not be
Committees of the Association shall consist of:
Scholarship and Awards Committee
This Committee will be responsible for the selection of scholaraship
awardees, evaluation of new scholarships and re-evaluation of
b) Nominating Committee
Outlined in Article VII, Section 1.
c) Planning and Development Committee
This Committee will develop long-range projects and any programs
that will benefit the Dental Alumni Association.
d) Budget and Finance Committee
This Committee shall be co–chaired by the Secretary/Treasurer
and Vice President. It shall oversee fundraising and the long
and short-term financial investment affairs of the Association
including investigation, recommendation and implementation of
the Association investments. The dues for the Association shall
be recommended by this Committee upon approval vote of the Board
of Directors as provided in Article V, Section 3(h).
e) Events Committee
This Committee will be responsible for arranging alumni activities
at major dental conventions and other functions as directed
by the Board of Directors.
f) Membership Committee
This Committee will be the function of this Committee to develop
programs, to recruit new alumni members and to develop programs
to retain the membership of the Dental Alumni Association.
g) Editorial Committee
1) The chair of the Editorial Committee shall serve as Editor
of the association’s biannual magazine.
2) The Editor shall serve a 5-year renewable term of office.
An individual may serve consecutive 5-year terms.
3) The Editor shall be responsible for all publications of the
4) The Editor shall appoint the members of the Editorial Committee.
5) The Editor shall provide a committee report at each meeting
of the Board of
Coming Together Affair Committee
1) The chair shall serve a 5-year renewable term. An individual
may serve consecutive terms.
2) The chair shall appoint the members of the “Coming
Together Affair” Committee.
3) The “Coming Together Affair” Committee shall
be responsible for the planning of the association’s annual
fall fund raising dinner.
4) The “Coming Together Affair” Committee shall
select the dinner’s honoree(s), which shall be subject
to review by the Executive Board.
2 - Chairpersons
Appointments of Chairperson to Standing Committees shall be made
by the President with the approval of a majority of the Board
3 - Special Committees
The President shall make appointments to Special Committees. A
Special Committee shall not usurp the rights and functions of
a Standing Committee.
1 - Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the Association shall begin July 1st and end
2 - Checking Account
This Association shall maintain a checking account at a New Jersey
bank to be chosen by the Executive Board. The account shall be
used for normal business transactions of this Association. Checks
drawn over $10,000 shall require two signatures. The approved
signatures of the account shall be the Secretary-Treasurer and
any other Executive Board Officer.
3 - Saving and/or Investment Accounts
The Association may maintain savings and/or investment accounts
as approved by the Executive
Board. The Executive Board will also stipulate the rules governing
the management of each
4 - Annual Audit
All accounts of the Association shall be audited annually by a
certified accountant to be named
by the Executive Board. A written report shall be presented to
the Executive Board and
TO THE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3rds)
affirmative vote of the fully privileged members in good standing
by write-in, if vote is taken via mail, fax or other means, or
by those members present and voting at any regular or special
general membership meeting. The proposed amendment shall have
been published and mailed or e-mailed to the membership thirty
(30) days prior to its being voted on.
Association shall indemnify and hold harmless each Director, each
Officer and each Member of a Committee now and hereafter serving
the Association from and against any and all claims and liabilities
to which he may be or may become subject by reason of his now
or hereafter being or having heretofore been a Director, Officer
and/or Member of a Committee of the Association and/or by reason
of his alleged acts or omissions as a Director, Officer and/or
Member of a Committee as aforesaid and shall reimburse each Director,
each Officer and each Member of a Committee of the Association
for all legal and other expenses reasonably incurred by him in
connection with defending against such claims or liabilities provided,
however, that no Director, Officer or Member of a Committee shall
be indemnified against or be reimbursed for any expenses incurred
in defending against any claim or liability arising out of his
own willful negligence or willful misconduct. The foregoing rights
of Directors, Officers and Members of a Committee shall not be
exclusive of other rights to which they may be entitled by law.
dissolution of this Association any funds remaining shall be distributed
to one or more regularly organized and qualified charitable, educational,
or philanthropic organization created for the benefit of the profession
of Dentistry, as selected by the Board of Directors. The Association
shall use its funds only to accomplish the objectives and purposes
specified in these By-Laws and no part of said funds shall be
distributed to the members of the Association.