Question: New PTO - how many presidents

How do you feel about having President 1st, 2nd, and 3rd as well as multiple Vice Presidents

Asked by cindy



Advice from PTO Today

Craig writes:
I think whatever structure works for a group is great. Sometimes having too many people involved can make it harder rather than easier to reach a decision and get work done, however, and personally I think that kind of a structure might be difficult and even frustrating. The key to making co-president (or tri-presidents!) work is that someone needs to be responsible for the final decision or at least you need a system for resolving disagreements. In addition, you need to define what each person is responsible for so they're not constantly duplicating work or stepping on each other's toes. I could see this setup being successful in a situation where you have three friends who are each willing to assume some of the workload but don't want to be the sole president. But I'm not sure it would work well over the long term.

Community Advice

badpants writes:
That seems excessive to me, however if you have a large school or group it may be the way to go. We have 5 members, including a President, 1st VP, 2nd VP, Secretary and Treasurer. Everyone has specific job descriptions and sometimes, those descriptions change some to include new projects or if the board absorbs something that we previously had a chairperson for. For instance, we used to have a Cheer & Rosary chairperson, who would be responsible for sending out cards for a new baby or death in the family for any of our parents, teachers or admin staff. That has now been absorbed by the board and delagated to a specific member. If you are a large middle school for example, you could have a VP for each grade, like a 5th grade parent liason.

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bchase writes:
I agree with 'badpants' above - too many 'chiefs' If you have so many leaders there are plenty of 'leadership positions'. The executives lead the Chair team ( we have 5 execs: Pres, VP, 2 Treasurers, Secretary the exec responsiblity is recruiting and retaining Chairs/managing budget and meetings) the Chair Team leads their specific event ( we have 66 events and 88 Chairs )

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