Article V: the Board of Trustees

  1. Membership.
    1. The Board shall consist of five members appointed by the President of the AFA.
    2. Members shall be appointed for staggered terms of five years. In the event of death or resignation of a member of the Board, the President of the AFA shall appoint a person to fill the unexpired term.
    3. All members of the Board must be members of AFA and none shall serve concurrently as members of the National Committee or as tournament Director.
    4. The Chair and Treasurer of the Board shall be elected by the Board from among the membership of the Board. The term of office shall be one year.
    5. The tournament Director and Host, and the Chair of the National Committee, shall serve as ex-officio members of the Board with no voting privileges.
  2. B. Powers and Duties.
    1. The Board of Trustees shall be responsible for all financial affairs of the National Debate Tournament including:
      1. preparing and approving the budget for each National Tournament;
      2. developing sources of funding for the NDT including establishing any assessments for the districts and the subscribers;
      3. developing the Standing Rules of the Board of Trustees to govern accounting and auditing procedures for the expenditures and income of the NDT;
      4. signing any agreements with sponsoring institutions. The Board shall have the sole authority in negotiating with the agent(s) financing the NDT.
    2. The Board of Trustees shall be responsible for establishing whatever legal framework is required to execute its duties.