Arkansas Educational Television Network Description of Commissioner Responsibilities
Commissioners are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Arkansas Senate. Commissioners serve eight-year terms, which are renewable. Of the eight Commissioners, one will be from each of the state's four congressional districts, one will be actively involved in the Arkansas public school system, and one will be actively involved in higher education in Arkansas. The role of an AETN Commissioner is that of citizen representative responsible for the oversight of the statewide telecommunications network. A Commissioner is an active supporter of AETN and its mission. A Commissioner is expected to increase his or her understanding of public broadcasting in general and the AETN organization in particular. When appropriate, a Commissioner is expected to contribute time, ideas and resources to advance the goals of AETN in serving the state.
A Commissioner shall be subject to removal from office is he or she is absent, without satisfactory excuse, from three consecutive Commission meetings.
Commissioners should commit themselves to:
- Gain a thorough understanding of AETN's mission, goals, policies, services, strengths and needs.
- Hire an executive director to carry out the mission and the policies of the Commission and to direct the staff in the operation of AETN. Conduct a regular and appropriate review of the performance of the executive director.
- Establish and regularly review policies for AETN and oversee the business of the Commission.
- Gain an understanding of AETN's finances in order to help the Commission fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities.
- Support actions and programs that will ensure AETN's long-term financial stability.
- Serve as advocates of AETN's goals to community, state, federal and business leaders.
- Communicate the views of the public to the AETN executive director and staff.
- Supply expertise to AETN by working on regular and special assignments or committees.
- Prepare for and participate in Commission and committee meetings and periodically suggest agenda items that address policy-related matters.
Originally adopted by the AETN Commission 06/21/00, and amended 6/16/04