The vice president may be called upon at any time to assume temporarily the place of the president. The vice president should make a thorough study of the president’s duties and responsibilities and be familiar with the work of the association. A strong vice president can and should be the president’s “right hand,” acting as an aide and assuming assigned responsibilities.
The Vice President:
- Presides at meetings in the absence of the president/president elect or upon their inability to serve.
- Performs the duties of the president in the absence of the president and the president elect or upon their inability to act.
- Acts as an assistant to the president and assumes responsibility for duties assigned by the president.
- Performs any other specific duties that may be provided for in the bylaws.
- Represents the president upon request.
- Attends all training opportunities offered by the council and Texas PTA.
When local units have more than one vice president, they often designate specific duties for each vice president, such as vice president of programs or vice president of membership. Vice presidents can serve as program chairperson, coordinator for major projects that involve several committees, or as a liaison to outside groups that may desire a connection with a local unit. In the case of multiple vice presidents, it is helpful if each vice president is responsible for overseeing specific committees that have connecting areas of responsibility. Vice presidents can be helpful in strengthening communication within the executive board as well as within the general membership and other entities in the school community and system.