Serving as a Texas Lyceum Director means having the chance to be an active participant in robust, nonpartisan civil discussions with fellow leaders – but it’s not just all talk. Directors have the chance to actively help address challenges facing Texas. Class of 2024 applications are due September 7, 2023 at 5:00 PM CST 

Director Eligibility 

The Texas Lyceum comprises a 96-member Board of Directors from across the state of Texas. The selection committee seeks applicants who have demonstrated leadership abilities in their communities and across the state.

Each term begins on January 1. No person's first term as a Director may begin on or after that person's 46th birthday. Individuals applying for the Class of 2023 are not eligible for membership if their birthday is on or before January 1, 1977.

To be considered as a Director, you must be nominated by a current Director or an Alumnus and submit two letters of reference. Directors may be re-elected to a second three-year term.

Please download and share this helpful one page resource about how to become a director. 

Submitting an Application:

  • The entire application process is completed online. Only complete applications will be considered by the Annual Nominating Committee.
    • Apply: Applicants must populate all fields of the application by 5 p.m. CST on September 7, 2023. (The application must be completed in one session). ** Please note: The application will be available June 1, 2023**
    • Secure nomination: Each applicant must be nominated by a Lyceum Director or Alumnus. Nominators must submit this form (including reference letter) by 5 p.m. CST September 7, 2023. It is the applicant's responsibility to request and ensure their nomination is submitted. 
    • Submit references: Each applicant requires two letters of recommendation from a Director, Alumnus, or third party. It is the applicant's responsibility to request and ensure these references are submitted. 

Director Obligations:

Lyceum Directors meet four times each year in quarterly meetings across the state. The topic and format of each meeting vary, but the meetings address timely topics through expert presentations and interaction between Lyceum Directors.

Meeting Attendance:

Directors are expected to participate actively in civil discussions, reflect on the issues facing Texas, and commit to addressing challenges. The best and most robust discussions are when all Lyceum Directors participate. To that end, the Lyceum adheres to a strict attendance policy: Directors must attend a minimum of two meetings per year and a total of five meetings in any two-year period.

Financial Commitment*:

(a) Annual Dues: $1,500, which includes registration for quarterly meetings (four meetings** per year; includes meeting activities and most meals on Friday and Saturday)

(b) Expenses: Directors are responsible for the cost of hotel and personal travel to meetings. Every attempt is made to minimize meeting expenses.

*Dues are subject to change with each new calendar year.

**In some years, the Lyceum hosts an optional fifth meeting. Registration costs for these optional meetings are in addition to dues.

Accepted members of the Class of 2024 must attend a required Director Orientation to be held TBD

Note: If a Director cannot make their dues payments, they can apply and be considered for the financial assistance program. Assistance depends on the availability of funds and total requests made in a given year.

General Engagement:

In addition to attendance and financial obligations, Directors are encouraged to:

  • Participate in one meeting planning committee each year.
  • Encourage attendance at Lyceum-sponsored events through the use of your personal contacts and network. 
  • Seek support from business and financial leaders in your community for the Texas Lyceum and raise money for its activities. (note: It costs roughly $7500 per Director to operate the organization.)
  • Call on publishers and editors of your local media and encourage their attendance and coverage of Lyceum-sponsored events.
  • Make a special effort to seek out business and professional organizations for diverse and inclusive participation in Texas Lyceum activities

For additional information, contact [email protected].

 Hear from 2021 President-Elect Sarah Jackson (c/o 2017) and Natalie Lynch (c/o 2019) about the value of directorship.