How then did APA arrive at the situation where we have 21 elected board members and a roughly equal number of other participants? For the best of reasons—I think—even if the end result is problematic. To make sure that all segments of our profession are represented, the voting Board consists of six officers, seven Area Trustees, three Trustees-at-Large (with one slot reserved for an early career psychiatrist), the three most recent past presidents, a member-in-training trustee, and the speaker of the Assembly. On the Board as nonvoting members are the member-in-training trustee-elect and certain past presidents. Alone among organizations, we have considered past presidents to be nonvoting members of the Board for life and have paid for them to attend meetings and sit at the Board table; two years ago our members agreed to end the practice prospectively, but all presidents who assumed office prior to 2001 are still entitled to attend Board meetings in perpetuity. Also around the table, also without a vote, are four additional resident representatives, a representative from the Committee of Black Psychiatrists, and the speaker-elect of the Assembly.