Method of Selection
Members of each individual Board of Regents appoint a Regent to supervise the Class Advisor program. Members of the Board of Regents recommend candidates to the regent responsible for the Class Advisor program and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation staff. The regent in charge and U.S. Chamber Foundation staff work together to determine the number of Class Advisors needed and to ensure that recommended candidates meet the qualifications set forth below.
Qualifications (last updated May 2012)
- Class Advisors must be actively employed full time in the association, chamber, or related nonprofit profession.
- Class Advisors’ organizations must be dues-paying members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
- Class Advisors must be graduates of Institute and must have demonstrated leadership throughout their Institute experience.
Class Advisors must be able to attend Institute week in full and be available to communicate with U.S. Chamber Foundation staff and Institute students prior to the start of Institute week. In addition, Class Advisors must fully participate in all activities during the week of Institute as outlined in the Class Advisor—Roles and Responsibilities section.
Class Advisors represent the spirit of the program by promoting Institute at all appropriate venues, including state association and chamber meetings, conferences, and daily contact within the industry.
Class Advisors are not required to serve at the site that they attended. Assignments to specific classes are made at the discretion of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Board of Regents. Furthermore, Class Advisors are not committed to one single class, and there is no guarantee that they will remain with the same class all four years.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation does not reimburse Class Advisors for travel and lodging expenses to participate in Institute. However, the U.S. Chamber Foundation pays the activity fee for meals and social events while at Institute. In addition, Class Advisors may attend elective courses at no charge during Institute week.
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