The name of this Organization is THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH DEANS (COHD).



The purpose of the COHD is to promote quality health professions education and scholarship. To achieve this end, COHD provides a forum for sharing ideas, concerns, and information; develops and publishes studies and papers relevant to health profession education; and facilitates professional and social exchange among its members.



Section 1.

The parent institution shall be categorized in one of the following 2000 Carnegie classifications: Doctoral/Research Universities-Extensive, Doctoral Research Universities-Intensive, Masters (Comprehensive) Colleges/Universities-I, Masters (Comprehensive) Colleges/Universities-I-II, Baccalaureates Colleges-Liberal Arts, Baccalaureate Colleges-general, Baccalaureate/Associates College, Associate's Colleges

Section 2.

The membership is open to all eligible institutions who are also institutional members of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. Any institution wishing to become a member shall provide documentation regarding eligibility. Such documentation shall be reviewed at any regular meeting, and if approved by a plurality of current members in attendance, membership shall be effective immediately.

Section 3.

Member institutions shall normally be represented by the CEO of the administrative unit housing the allied health degree programs. Under some conditions, an institution may designate to the president of COHD, in writing, someone other than the CEO. A temporary alternate representative for a single meeting may be designated in writing by the CEO to the president of COHD.

Section 4.

The term of membership is unlimited as long as eligibility requirements are met; however, if the institution fails to be represented at three consecutive regular meetings, membership may be terminated. Discontinuation of membership for any reason must be reviewed and approved by a two-thirds vote of the entire membership, provided that the secretary shall have given 30 days' written notice to the member and to all the other members of both the meeting and the action to be voted on.



Section 1.

A minimum of two regular meetings will be held annually.

Section 2.

The time and place of each regular meeting shall be set at the previous meeting, and all members shall be noticed at least four weeks in advance.

Section 3.

Special meetings may be held when warranted.

Section 4.

A quorum shall consist of the members present at each meeting.

Section 5.

Each member institution present at a meeting has one vote. A mail vote may be taken by which all members are polled.

Section 6.

A majority vote of members shall prevail except as otherwise noted in these Bylaws.



Section 1.

The officers of COHD shall be a president, Vice President, a secretary, and a treasurer who shall be elected at the regular fall meeting in odd numbered years, and shall assume responsibilities the following January. No officer shall serve in the same office for more than two consecutive full terms.

Section 2.

The president shall convene the meetings, communicate on behalf of the membership, and serve as liaison with other groups. The Vice President will serve as the President's designee and fill in for the President as needed.

Section 3.

The secretary shall take and disseminate minutes for all meetings and keep the official files of the organization.

Section 4.

The treasurer shall maintain the financial records and collect monies as designated by the members.

Section 5.

When a vacancy in any of the offices occurs, the president shall appoint a member to perform the responsibilities of the vacant position until the term expires.



Committees may be formed by the president or by a vote of the members.



Dues may be assessed upon approval of the members.


Amendment of Bylaws

The Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members. The proposed changes shall have been circulated to the members at least four weeks prior to the vote.

Upon the dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501( c ) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.


Amended and approved November 14, 2018
Amended and approved March 19, 2004
Amended and approved May 24, 1995
Modification Proposal February 17, 1988
Amended and Approved November 5, 1986