On July 1 I will become the president of the regulatory board that I was appointed to last year by the governor. We regulate and license a mental health profession in my state. Becoming president was due largely to attrition of other members, not any stellar professional qualities that I may or may not possess.
The president’s job is a demanding one. I will have to make sure the Board office is running smoothly, set agendas, run meetings, be aware of all complaints, respond to virtually all correspondence or at least instruct the Board secretary how to respond, know all the rules and regulations for the Board and for the profession set forth by the legislature, consult with the Board attorney, set oral exams for licence applicants, and ensure that we protect the public without restricting trade. I may even have to give testimony before the legislature. I will do this while working full time. It is an unpaid appointment. The woman who is retiring as president say she spent her first month as president in a fugue state. She got it all down to a science, though, and has been very helpful in the transition.
Any good pointers on how to be a president?