The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, in a move aimed at increasing the involvement and support of cable operators, plans to reduce the number of board members from 19 to 15 members starting in November 2011.
Under newly adopted bylaws, eight board members will be selected from among SCTE's regional directors, and seven directors will be nominated by the SCTE nominations subcommittee and approved by the board. Currently, the SCTE's board comprises 12 elected regional directors, five elected directors-at-large and two appointed directors-at-large.
Until November 2011, the board will have 19 members. All current board members and officers will finish out their terms during the transition, which will be terminated when the new board is elected at the 2012 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando, Fla., set for the week of Oct. 14, 2012.
"As our industry has evolved, it has become clear that SCTE's membership in general can benefit most greatly when the board has close working relationships with executives of the operator community," Bob Foote, SCTE chairman and TriNet Communications vice president of sales for major markets, said in a statement. "The board believes these changes will enable increased operator, programmer and vendor support for the training, initiatives and events that will benefit SCTE members and the industry at large."
Exton, Pa.-based SCTE currently has about 13,000 members. The association has 68 chapters and meeting groups and more than 3,000 employees of the cable telecommunications industry hold SCTE technical certifications.