Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Council of Class Presidents and what is its function?

A: The Council of Class Presidents is an organization formed to allow Class Presidents to meet and conduct business as a group. The purpose of the Council is threefold: (1) to provide a forum for discussion of issues and initiatives of common interest to the Classes and develop recommendations for proposed action; (2) to facilitate dialogue between the Class Presidents and Naval Academy, Alumni Association & Foundation officials; (3) to provide an equitable way to select Class Presidents for service as Class Trustees on the Board of Trustees of  the Alumni Association.

Q: What is the relationship of the Council to the Board of Trustees?

A: The Council is independent of but closely associated with the Alumni Association and Foundation. Class organizations also are separate and distinct organizations. The Council of Class Presidents meets twice annually in support of the scheduled meetings of the Board of Trustees, or as required.”

Q: How long has the Council been in operation?

A: Class Presidents of all Classes have been meeting with the Alumni Association and Foundation since the early 1990’s. The Council of Class Presidents was formally created in 1998 after a Governance Study Group formed by the Board of Trustees determined that Class Trustees would be added to the Board. After a phased approach, seven Class Presidents became members of the Board of Trustees.

Q: How are Council Leaders, the Class Trustees, elected to the Board of Trustees?

A: Class organizations are represented on the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association by members selected from and by the Class Presidents. These Trustees from the Class organizations are regular voting members of the Board of Trustees. With a few exceptions, each Decade (e.g. the Classes from 1950 to 1959) elects one of its Class Presidents as the Decade Representative to conduct business within the Decade. This Decade Representative is incorporated onto the Board of Trustees as a Class Trustee so that seven members of the Board are from the ranks of Class Presidents.

Q: Does the Council operate in accordance with the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees?

A: The Council has its own Charter found on the Alumni Association Website under the Council of Class Presidents Home Page. The Charter is consistent with the Bylaws of the Alumni Association and Class Trustees are required to meet the requirements imposed by the Alumni Association Bylaws. It can therefore be inferred that Council operations are consistent with the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees and that the Council operates in accordance with these Bylaws.

Q: As an alumnus, how should I communicate with my Class Trustee?

A: The most effective way to reach out to your Class Trustee is through your Class President. Each Class Trustee will normally advise the Class President of any questions or issues raised by a member of another Class. If you bring the issue first to your own Class President, this will prevent any delays in the process of raising an issue with your Class Trustee.

Q: If I am an alumnus of USNA and have identified an unresolved problem or issue that should be addressed by the Board of Trustees, how should I seek a resolution?

A: Issues for review at Council of Class President (COCP) meetings are submitted through the decade of the individual who submits the Issue Paper.  This ensures that issues brought up for discussion and subsequent vote are of sufficient significance for the entire Council.  This also assures that background information, relevant facts and expected impact of the recommendations in the Issue Paper are presented thoroughly and accurately at the meeting.

Interested alumni should submit issue papers using the proper format via their own individual Class President. The Class President or his representative forwards issue papers to their respective Decade Representative NLT 60 days before the scheduled COCP meetings. Proposed Issue Papers must receive a majority vote from the Decade in order to be considered by the full Council. Relevant issues accepted by vote of the Council are forwarded to the Board of Trustees for consideration.

The COCP Charter requires the following format for Issue Papers submitted to the Council:

  • Issue Papers are to be no more than one type written page.
  • Issue: Define the issue in a sentence or two.
  • Background: Provide sufficient information so that individuals who have no prior knowledge has sufficient information to make an informed decision about the issue.
  • Recommendation: Recommend a resolution to the issue in the form of a motion to the Council.

Q: Who are the current Class Trustees or Decade Representatives?

A: Seven Decade Representatives are to be selected from among the members of the Council of Class Presidents to represent  the Classes as voting members of the Board of Trustees. These Decade Representatives shall be selected so as to constitute generational representation among the Class Trustees, as prescribed in the Amended Bylaws of the Alumni Association.

There are seven Class Trustees as follows:

30's, 40's and 50's Decade: CAPT Dave S. Cooper, USN (Ret) '57 through Spring 2020
60's Decade: CAPT Spencer Johnson, USN (Ret.) ’63 through Spring 2017
70's Decade: CDR Michael J. Novak, USN (Ret.) '70 through Spring 2020
80's Decade: Mr. Tim Kobosko '80  through Spring 2016
90's Decade: Ms. Katherine T. Dooley '95 through Spring 2016
00's Decade: Maj Jeffrey McCarthy '00 Spring 2020
10's Decade: 1stLT Ian M. Cameron USMC '12 through Spring 2016


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