Prospective Member Procedures

Membership selection is by invitation only; the selection of new members is a means of meeting the goals and purpose of the Council. While members are encouraged to personally invite interested persons to attend Town & Gown events to familiarize themselves with our organization, its purpose and members, attending a Town & Gown event neither obligates a guest to become a member nor implies an automatic invitation to membership. Rather, it is an opportunity to learn about the University and share that information. Members are encouraged to invite guests to those programs that may be of particular interest to the guest.

Criteria for Membership:

Prospective new members must be sponsored by two current Town & Gown members and have attended at least two Council-sponsored events during the current fiscal year. The Council’s fiscal year runs from July 1 of one year to June 30 of the following year.

Town member: Business leader and/or community volunteer with a circle of influence as demonstrated by involvement on boards, commissions, professional associations and/or in recognized community organizations.

Gown member: University leader with a circle of influence, interested in or a participant in community boards or organizations, with demonstrated ability to communicate the University’s achievements.

Membership Application Process:

Sponsors shall contact the membership chair to discuss a candidate’s potential interest in joining Town & Gown prior to obtaining an application. The sponsor would then request an application for membership from the membership chair. The sponsors are encouraged to mentor an applicant with respect to attendance at events and all matters pertaining to membership and participation in Town & Gown. Applications may be submitted at any time during the fiscal year, although they will not be reviewed by the Membership Committee until after the spring luncheon. Applications received by the end of the fiscal year will be considered for membership in the following Council fiscal year. The Membership Committee will review all applications to make certain membership criteria have been met, and the committee will submit the list of applicants for membership to the Board of Directors.

New members will be determined by the Board of Directors based on vacancies and needs of the Council. New members will receive an invitation to membership from the President and will be officially introduced at the annual fall meeting.


Voted upon and approved by the Board of Directors on March 3, 2005. Revised and presented to the Board of Directors by the Membership Committee, February, 2013.