Association of Anatomy,
Cell Biology and Neurobiology

The purpose of this Association shall be to provide        
a forum for discussion and a medium for                           
communication among chairs of departments of              
anatomy, cell biology, and neurobiology.

The mission statement of the Association is:


provides leadership and advocacy in the biomedical      
sciences, especially the disciplines of Cell and                
Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy;

represents at the national level the interests                   
of the academicians and investigators working in           
these disciplines;

develops policies consistent with these                           

influences public policy, particularly with                          
regard to research support in
these disciplines;

identifies and addresses emerging issues                        
that affect our disciplines;

shares experience and provides expertise                      
for the improvement of academic
medicine and basic biomedical science.

Chairs, interim chairs, or permanent substitutes                  
appointed by the Chair of departments of anatomy,             
cell biology and neurobiology, or equivalent                        
organizational units, in schools of medicine,                         
dentistry, veterinary medicine and osteopathic                    
medicine or in universities granting Ph.D. degrees             
in these disciplines in the United States, Puerto                  
Rico and Canada shall be eligible for membership.              
Presidents, directors, or permanent substitutes                  
appointed by the president or director of institutes            
or centers for education or research in the                          
anatomical, cell biological, or neurobiological                      
sciences are also eligible for membership.  

Schools must be accredited by the appropriate                    
national-accrediting body.  The AACBNC Executive              
Committee will serve as a reviewer of the                             
accrediting body and of the institutes and centers.

A school in which an equivalent organizational unit             
is not readily identifiable may be invited to                           
designate a member of the faculty to represent that           
school as a member.

Members shall not be permitted to send alternates             
or substitutes to meetings of the Association                       
except under unusual circumstances and only with             
the permission of the majority of the Executive                    
Committee of the Association.

Section 1.  The officers of the Association shall                    
consist of a President, President-Elect, and                          
Secretary-Treasurer.  The President and                                
President-Elect shall serve for one year or until                   
successors are qualified.  The Secretary-Treasurer             
shall serve for three year terms or until a successor           
is qualified.  

Section 2.  The Executive Committee of the                           
Association shall be composed of the three officers,           
the President of the previous year, and four                         
councilors.  The four councilors will serve for two               
years, with terms so arranged that two councilors are         
elected each year.  The Executive Committee shall              
be empowered to act for the Association in the                    
interim between duly called meetings.

Section 3.  Up to two members of the Association                 
shall serve as Representatives to the Council of                 
Academic Societies (CAS).  The CAS Representatives          
will be elected by the Executive Committee for a term         
of three years.  The number of terms that an                         
individual can serve as CAS representative is                      
unlimited and if there are two Representatives, their          
terms shall start in different years.  The                                 
Representatives shall meet with the Executive                    
Committee but not have the right to vote, unless                 
they are also members of the Executive Committee.

Section 4.  The President shall appoint a Nominating           
Committee with four members.  No more than two                
may be councilors.  None of the members of the                  
Executive Committee, except for the Councilors,                 
shall be on the Nominating Committee.  Due                          
consideration should be given to achieving broad              
geographic representation on the Committee.  The             
Nominating Committee shall confer with the                          
Secretary-Treasurer that their selections are eligible          
to run for office based on the constitution.  The                   
Nominating Committee shall then ascertain that their          
selections would be willing to serve if elected and              
shall send the Secretary-Treasurer the names of two          
candidates for President-Elect, four candidates for             
Councilor, and two names for Secretary-Treasurer               
(the latter, every third year).  Elections shall be by               
mail ballot of the voting membership, and occur prior         
to the annual meeting at which the officers will be               

Section 5.  The term of office of Councilors, Officers,          
and all Committee Members shall begin at the close            
of the annual meeting and continue until their                      
successors are qualified.

Section 1.  The President shall preside at all                         
meetings of the Association and shall serve as chair          
of the Executive Committee.  He/She shall appoint              
the members of all ad hoc and standing committees           
and the Nominating Committee, and shall designate           
the chair of each committee from among its                          
members, unless otherwise provided in the bylaws            
or by action of the membership.  Subject to the                   
consent of the Executive Committee, he/she may                
create, combine or discontinue all appointive                      
committees.  He/She shall perform all other duties              
required by custom and parliamentary usage.

The President shall have primary responsibility for             
arranging the agendas of meetings both of the                    
Executive Committee and the Association, provided           
that no question which five or more members desire         
to have placed on the agenda shall be omitted, and            
provided that there shall be at each meeting an                  
opportunity for items of business to be introduced             
from the floor for action at a subsequent meeting.

Section 2.  The President-Elect shall act as a                        
vice-president and shall assume the duties of                     
President whenever the latter is absent or unable to         

Section 3.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall be                         
responsible for keeping an accurate and permanent          
record of the meetings and transactions of the                    
Association, for conducting the correspondence of            
the Association, keeping a roster of members,                     
sending out notices of meetings and performing                 
such other duties as pertain to the office of                         
Secretary.  He/She shall receive and be custodian of          
the funds of the Association.  He/she shall be                      
responsible for signing the contracts for financial              
responsibilities for the annual and interim meetings.          
He/She shall present a proposed budget for the                  
ensuing year, with the approval of the Executive                
Committee, and this budget shall be ratified by vote           
of a majority of the membership present at an annual         
meeting.  He/She shall incur no unbudgeted                        
expense during the ensuing year without the                      
consent of the Executive Committee.  He/She shall             
make a complete financial report at the annual                    
meeting of the Association.

Section 4.  The Executive Committee shall be the                
policy making and administrative body of the                       
Association during the interval between regular and          
annual business meetings and shall be empowered           
to enter into contracts and to authorize such                       
expenditures as may be necessary to carry on the              
affairs of the Association.  Its actions shall always be          
governed by this constitution and bylaws, and all                
actions by the Executive Committee shall be subject          
to review by the Association.  When necessary, the            
consensus of the members of the Association may             
be taken by mail ballot.  The President of the                        
Association, acting as Chair of the Executive                       
Committee, shall present a condensed report of its            
activities to the Association at the annual business            
meeting.  The Secretary-Treasurer shall act as                     
secretary of the Executive Committee.  The                          
President shall select two members approved by the         
Executive Committee yearly to audit the accounts of          
the Secretary-Treasurer.


Section 1.  The location and dates of the annual                  
meeting shall be determined by the                                       
Secretary-Treasurer in consultation with the                        
President-Elect.  The location and dates of all called           
meetings shall be determined by the Executive                   

Section 2.  Notice of the time, place, and agenda of             
all meetings shall be mailed to all members at least            
thirty days prior to such meetings.


A quorum for any regular or called meeting of the               
Association shall consist of twenty-five
percent of the voting members.


Standing or ad hoc committees shall be established           
by the President or by vote of the Association or by            
its Executive Committee acting between meetings of         
the Association.  Members of the standing                           
committees shall be chosen from among the                        
members of the Association.  Members of ad hoc                
committees may be selected from the academic                  


This constitution may be amended by approval of                
two-thirds of the members voting at a regular or                 
called meeting, or by two-thirds of the total                          
membership voting on a mail ballot provided that               
such amendment has been circulated to all members         
at least thirty days prior to taking a vote.  

The name of this organization shall be the                             
Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology and                               
Neurobiology Chairpersons, hereinafter to be                      
referred to as the Association.  Its abbreviation                   
shall be AACBNC.