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This organization shall be known as the Graduate Association of Public Administrators (GAPA).


The purpose of GAPA is to represent all Public Administration graduate students in providing a link between students and departmental administration, as well as fostering socially and academically motivated activities for faculty, staff and students within the department.


Membership is open to all part-time and full-time graduate students in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Maine.


A. Executive Officers — GAPA shall be administered by four executive officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. In the case of small activity levels, dismissal or resignation of an officer, or as deemed necessary by the organization, the duties of these positions may be combined in the following manner:

President/Secretary, Vice President/Treasurer. The duties of these offices are as follows:

1. President

a. Shall preside over all general GAPA meetings and all GAPA Executive Board meetings

b. Shall, with the Treasurer, sign all checks issued by GAPA, and no check shall be valid without these signatures

c. Shall have the authority to withdraw funds from any bank account with the additional signature of the Treasurer.

2. Vice President

a. Shall attend all committee meetings and report findings to the Executive Board

b. Shall act in the capacity of the President in the event that the President is unable to attend a meeting or event

c. The Vice President or designee will act as a liaison between departmental administration and GAPA members

d. In the event that the President submits his/her resignation, the Vice President shall become President for the remainder of the term.

3. Secretary

a. Shall keep minutes of all GAPA meetings and make them public within one week of said meetings

b. Shall be responsible for maintaining the official correspondence and files of GAPA

4. Treasurer

a. Shall be the financial officer of GAPA and shall be responsible for all funds held by GAPA

b. Shall submit a proposed budget at the beginning of each semester

c. Shall, with the President, sign all checks issued by GAPA and withdraw funds

B. Term of Office – The term of office for Executive Officers shall be from April to April.

C. Elections – Officers shall be elected each April and shall assume their offices following the election. A simple majority of the membership present shall be required for an officer to be elected. There shall be a nomination period of one week prior to all elections.

Should a vacancy occur in the offices of Vice President, Treasurer, or Secretary, it shall be filled by special election.

D. Voting – all elections shall be by secret ballot. A simple majority of the membership present shall be sufficient to pass organizational business and other matters.


A. Adoption of the Constitution – The constitution shall be adopted by a two-thirds majority vote of the membership present.

B. A quorum consisting of no less than 10% of the membership as described in Article III must be present for the Constitution to be amended. A two-thirds majority vote is needed to pass the amendment.


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Department of Public Administration
5723 DP Corbett Business Building, Room 209
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1973 | Fax: (207) 581-1930
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469