The SCTE is reorganizing its board of directors, reducing the number of directors and re-jiggering how those directors get either elected or appointed.

In a message from SCTE Chairman Bob Foote sent to SCTE members, Foote announced that:

  • The Society's national board of directors would be reduced from 19 members to 12 or 13 members.
  • Regional directors would select up to five representative members to serve on the national board. The remaining eight seats would be appointed, with members selected by the Executive Committee.

The transition to a new board structure is planned to take two years, starting with the 2011 elections next fall, and be completed by the end of 2012.

The major MSOs have been on a drive for the last few years to get its affiliated organizations – the SCTE, the NCTA, CableLabs and others – to work together better, and to better serve their needs.

The first, most obvious result of that program was forcing a consolidation of the year-long parade of trade shows into Cable Connections Spring and Fall. The MSOs also want its affiliate organizations to be more focused on their specific needs.

In the case of the SCTE, this has manifested in a thrust toward improving its educational programs, including a special emphasis on IP networking, the direction cable is heading in. The hiring of Dan Howard, who has specific expertise in IP, as the SCTE's first CTO was part of that.

The interest of coordinating with CableLabs has been no doubt furthered, meanwhile, by the recent appointment of former CableLabs CEO Dick Green to the SCTE board.

Foote wrote: "We need individuals on the board who have the experience and the ability to contribute to the specific needs of the board and the Society as a whole. The vision that's been discussed is that of a strategic board that is focused on the long-term needs of the association, its corporate benefactors and, of course, its members. With that comes the need for board members who have experience with strategic planning, budgeting, HR, operations, etc., and who have the ability to influence their companies and others to help represent SCTE's interests.

"For SCTE to continue to thrive, we need the full support of the MSO community," Foote continued. "We need management up to the highest echelons to understand our relevance and impact; we need them to value our contributions to the industry's technical roadmap. We need them to get behind new programs. And most of all, we need them to support our efforts – financially and actively – to provide the training and support that will ensure our members contribute to cable's success in the years ahead."