An effective transition helps new leaders make good choices about programs to start, stop or continue; prevents leaders from repeating past mistakes; and helps maintain relationships with professionals and organizations.
Tips for a Successful Transition
- Emerging Leaders — Identify emerging leaders early in the year and encourage them to run for office by contacting them personally.
- Information on a USB — Have each executive board member create a USB that outlines everything the next officer will need to know about the position. Include contacts, materials from past events, agendas and PRSSA resources such as the Chapter Handbook (PDF).
- Shadowing — After elections are held, allow the incoming officers to shadow the outgoing executive board officer.
- Orientation or Retreat — Plan time for bonding and discussion between the incoming and outgoing board members through an event such as an orientation or officer retreat. Discuss programs that worked or didn’t work, goals for the following year, and review transition binders, lists of duties and other important information.
- Introductions — Introduce incoming officers to important campus contacts and resources such as the student activities coordinator, student accounts personnel, PRSSA mailbox and PRSA Sponsor Chapter contact.
- Chapter Brand — Make sure the time you invest in preparing the incoming executive board mirrors the amount of time you’ve invested in building your Chapter’s brand. Ask yourself whether the incoming leaders have the resources to maintain your Chapter’s legacy, and if not, brainstorm ways to make it happen.
Further questions about officer transitions? Contact the vice president of Chapter development.