I’m probably biased, but I think that instructors can & do make good/effective board members. They have way more to lose than any of us if AJX is shut down, so it’s in their best interest to make sure that the club is successful and continues to function as long as possible. We’ve had HG/PG instructors on the board for as long as I’ve been around (which is not that long,… about four years), but I know that Tim, for example, has been on the board for a long time and he’s done a lot of good for the club.
Personally I don’t think we should exclude instructors from running for board positions, but I can also see how an instructor with dishonest or selfish motives could wreak some havoc on the other schools, and/or the club, if they’re allowed to go unchecked. That is why we have to nominate and vote for the people we believe will do a good job. If you want to make sure the club does well, you don’t necessarily have to volunteer to be on the board, but you do need to get involved in the nomination & voting process.
Maybe some years we get it wrong, but keep in mind that the board does have the power to vote on relieving another board member of their responsibilities if they see wrong-doing, or severe lack of participation in club matters. As long as the majority of the board members are reasonable and well-meaning people, it should work out. 😅 Of course my opinion on that is amendable.