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From Shane Curcuru <>
Subject Re: What is a PMC Chair?
Date Thu, 31 May 2012 14:33:13 GMT
Excellent points from the project perspective.  Note that PMC chairs are 
also made officers - Vice Presidents - of the ASF.

 From the larger organizational perspective, the most important duty of 
a PMC chair is ensuring that:

- The project's status is accurately reported to the board.

- Any feedback or questions from the board are communicated to the PMC 
and an answer (if required) is provided back to the board in a timely 

For those interested in the subject of governance at the ASF, I 
recommend these pages (which while listed as DRAFT are really just about 
done already):

- Shane

On 2012-05-31 9:56 AM, Ross Gardler wrote:
> Since discussion has turned to graduation I'd like to invite people to
> consider who they would like to have as PMC chair. The first part of
> this is understanding what the role of a PMC chair is.
> First and foremost the position of chair does not bring any additional
> authority over the project, at least not in normal circumstances. It
> is true that in the event of a deadlock the chair has a casting vote,
> however I have never seen this happen. In reality the chair is just
> the same as any other PMC member except that they are expected to do a
> certain amount of "paperwork" for the PMC and, more importantly, they
> are a community facilitator. You can find a full description of the
> responsibilities at [1]. In summary they are:
>    - Subscribe to and monitor board@ (and board meeting minutes) and
> infrastructure@ at lists, ensuring the community takes any necessary
> actions
>    - Submit quarterly reports
>    - Maintain PMC membership records
>    - Ensure everyones voice is heard
> Before calling for nominations (and people can self-nominate if they
> so desire) I would like to take a few days to allow people to ask any
> questions about the role and the type of individual that is best
> suited to be a chair.
> Ross
> [1]

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