I believe the ideal STC board member is a high-character, high-integrity person. They listen first and speak second. They are committed to growing STC one conversation and one relationship at a time. They are passionate about the people in STC.
They are strategically-focused on STC’s mission to advance the theory and practice of technical communication. The ideal board member is also a futurist who proactively learns about trends in technical communications. What is now state- of –the-art in technical communication may be obsolete very quickly.
Also, they are internationally-focused and want to enhance the presence of STC communities worldwide. They communicate with STC members through creative uses of social media. They engage STC members and encourage collaboration worldwide between STC communities through technology.
The ideal board member is committed to integrating academic communities with their local STC chapters. Today’s students are tomorrow’s technical communicators.
The ideal board member has:
A strong background in technical communication
The ability to work well with others and make decisions
A strong personal network of society members in many locations
The desire to go the extra mile to deliver value to STC and its members