Our Leadership Structure

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) is a national membership organization with a large volunteer leadership. Overseen by a board of directors, AIC contains various committees, networks, and specialty groups which contribute to health and vitality of the entire organization.

For more information, see our Organizational Chart.

Board of Directors

 The Board of Directors consists of eight people:
  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Four Directors all elected by members of AIC

Requirements: Each board member may be either a Professional Associate or a Fellow except the President and Vice-President who must be Fellows.

Terms: The President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer hold office for a term of two years.
Directors hold office for a term of three years. The President and Vice-President are eligible to serve no more than two consecutive terms of office. Terms begin and end at the adjournment of the Member Business Meeting at AIC’s Annual Meeting.

The management and control of AIC is vested in the Board of Directors.


Committees, either named in the Bylaws or appointed by the board, are made of up members to deal with long-term, ongoing organizational issues. They each have leadership structure and report back to the AIC Board through a board liaison.


These four standing committees are named in the AIC Bylaws:


These ten committees have been appointed by the board to carry out a specific charge.



Networks partner with AIC’s existing specialty groups and committees to develop programming and resources. Content developed by networks is of interest to all of AIC’s specialty groups and committees as well as related professions and the public and is thus widely and freely available. Network annual budgets are comparable to those of other AIC committees and task forces and is funded directly by AIC. Funding for larger projects is raised by writing grants and soliciting donors, as is done for other AIC initiatives. Networks publish bi-monthly columns in AIC News.Membership to a network is by interest and participation without an additional dues requirement. 

Specialty Groups

Specialty groups are subgroups within AIC that focus on particular area of expertise or professional interest. AIC members have the option of joining any of these groups. All specialty groups publish bi-monthly columns in the AIC News, conduct sessions at the Annual Meeting, and send representatives to Internal Advisory Group meetings. Some specialty groups publish materials, maintain listserves, and oversee wiki content on AIC's wiki.

Task Forces

Task forces are created by the AIC Board to address a particular issue for the organization. They are provided with a charge and report back to the AIC Board through a board liaison. Task force members are asked to complete their charge within a particular timeframe, typically one to two years.

There are no task forces currently in operation.