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Dogwood Health Trust
Board Member Nomination

The Dogwood Health Trust (DHT) represents a once-in-many-generations opportunity to transform the lives of those living in Western North Carolina. The mission of DHT is to dramatically improve the health and well-being of the people and communities of Western North Carolina. It is essential that the directors of DHT are reflective of the geography, diversity and cultures found across Western North Carolina. The service area of DHT is the eighteen westernmost counties of North Carolina.
That service area is defined with three specific regions: East, Central and West (see map below). In general, it is the intent of the directors of DHT to reflect the population, gender and ethnic distribution of the service area.

Western North Carolina

Population: 901,715
US Census Bureau Estimate

Required Characteristics of all DHT Board Members

Since diversity is far more nuanced than geography, ethnicity and gender alone, DHT directors should share common core values essential to DHT’s mission, but otherwise bring qualifications, characteristics and life experiences that are complementary to one another and collectively reflect Western North Carolina.

Characteristics and experiences that shall be considered in selecting DHT directors include, but are not limited to:

  1. Shared sense of DHT mission with deep interest and commitment to DHT’s success recognizing the significant commitment of time and effort that will be required.
  2. Appreciation for the extraordinary potential associated with transforming the health and well-being of the people and communities across Western North Carolina.
  3. Ability to focus on long-term, strategic outcomes of significant impact.
  4. Commitment to the public interest and the role of the nonprofit sector; ability to view grant seekers and grantees as important associates.
  5. Creativity and vision to see beyond current possibilities, take considered risks and remain flexible to the possibilities of change given evidence-based metrics and review.
  6. Ability to think and act beyond one’s personal perspective and experience (e.g., gender, place of residence, race/ethnicity, etc.).
  7. Excellent listening skills combined with an ability to refrain from dominating conversation.
  8. Remain informed, engaged and willing to represent the organization and its interests in the community.
  9. Appreciation of the difference between governance and management.
  10. Personal integrity, character, intelligence and ability to work collaboratively with others.

Required Information for Nominee Submissions

Before starting the nomination process, we recommend collecting the following information about your nominee:

  • Relevant professional/personal expertise
  • Nominee contact information including email, phone number and resume (.pdf, .jpg or .doc required)
  • References to recommend your nominee (name, email address and phone numbers for three references required)