CUNA Board Races
The urge to serve the industry during what one CEO called "a very exciting and anxious period" coupled with heightened interest in dealing with the corporate dilemma are apparently factors in an unusual spate of candidates and contested elections for CUNA's 2011 board of directors.
In fact, there are three contested races for district seats, including a four-way race for a director's job held by the smallest CUs. All of the voting in the contested races is to wind up by Dec. 17, but one contingent of CUNA directors has already been elected after nominated candidates won by acclamation.
Representing Missouri is Smith-Vandergriff, a 29-year-old volunteer and CUSO executive who advocates greater diversity on the CUNA board.
"As a third-generation member of the credit union movement, I have sought this position to provide service and guidance to the industry during these unprecedented times," explained Smith-Vandergriff in citing his financial and tech background as well as offering a generational perspective.