P.D. from New Haven County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
We have a 5 person Board, recently elected. However, no one wants to be President. What are our options?
Mister Condo replies:
P.D., that is an unusual situation. I have heard of associations where they have difficulty to attract volunteers to serve on the Board but I’ve never heard of a group of volunteers being unable to find a leader within their group to serve as President. It’s really not that much more work to be a Board President. You do need to show some additional leadership abilities but that’s about it. Perhaps there is history of unit owners being unfair to previous Board Presidents that is causing this reluctance? Whatever the reason, your association by-laws should spell out what remedies are available to you. Typically, a Board will have a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and several Directors at Large. In the event of no President, the Vice-President would likely take charge. If there is a further line of succession beyond that, then you would follow that line.
My larger concern is why none of the current volunteers would wish to serve as President. While the President is tasked with running meetings, other Board members share in the responsibilities of governance of the association. The President simply presides over the Board and ensures that proper protocols are followed when motions are brought before the Board or votes are cast. In a well-functioning community association, it can be a quite rewarding volunteer calling. I hope you find a leader for your community.