US Squash Board and Governance Continues to Adapt

During its May 2021 meeting of the Board of Directors, US Squash approved updates to its By-laws to incorporate various United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) requirements, streamline its standing committee structure and add flexibility in the total number of Directors as the organization’s scope continues to expand and it seeks broad, dynamic and diverse perspectives and skill sets represented on its Board 

The update creates and Audit & Risk Committee, while merging Investment into the Finance (and formerly Audit) Committee. The USOPC updates focused on definitions of categories of Directors as well as increased the Athlete representation minimum threshold to 33% in advance of the new 2022 USOPC requirement. Specifically:  

  • Article VII, Section 5 – Board of Directors: Provides flexibility in board size (15 to 30) to support governance needs; 
  • Article VII, Section 5 – Board of Directors: Term limits to ex-officio director roles to broaden and diversify governance perspectives; 
  • Article VII, Section 5, 17 – Board of Directors: Complies with future USOPC athlete representation; 
  • Article IX, Section 1, 10 – Standing Committees: restructured to support governance of more complex organization; and 
  • Article IX, Section 10 – Standing Committees: Broaden capacity, skillset and board pipeline through voting and non-voting committee service. 

The Board formally recognized the Class 2 Athlete-elected representatives Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USOPC representative), Olivia Fiechter, Chris Gordon, Chris Hanson, Todd Harrity (USOPC alternate) and Amanda Sobhy as its Athlete Directors. It also designated total of 24 voting Directors as the Fiscal Year 2022 (July 2021 – June 2022) Director expectation and re-nominated the following as Class 2 Directors:  Danny Dolan and current Board Chair Soo Venkatesan. The election will be conducted during the June 15 Annual Meeting of the Members.  More information on these nominees will be shared separately, and proxy voting will be offered to the membership the week prior.