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Good morning,

A year ago, our president resigned 1 year in to their 2 year term. We voted in our VP, Mark, as an interim president. Now a year later, when Mark is to begin his 2 year term. Did his 2 year term begin as interim president or can it begin now?

TIA!

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RONR doesn't define an "interim" president.  The "standard" (baring contrary provisions in bylaws) is that a V.P. becomes President if/when the presidency goes vacant, instantly, with no "vote in" required.

If your bylaws have special provisions, you will have to answer your own question  --  RONR doesn't.

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4 hours ago, Guest Ann said:

Good morning,

A year ago, our president resigned 1 year in to their 2 year term. We voted in our VP, Mark, as an interim president. Now a year later, when Mark is to begin his 2 year term. Did his 2 year term begin as interim president or can it begin now?

TIA!

A person's term as president begins the moment he or she becomes president. For term limit purposes, RONR says on page 475 that "For purposes of determining eligibility to continue in office under such a provision, an officer who has served more than half a term is considered to have served a full term in that office."

Therefore, pursuant to RONR, if the former vice president served more than half a term as president, that is considered one term. If he served half of a term or less, it does not count as a term.

Edited by Richard Brown
Reworded last sentence to more correctly reflect the rule

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On 8/6/2019 at 7:06 AM, Guest Ann said:

Good morning,

A year ago, our president resigned 1 year in to their 2 year term. We voted in our VP, Mark, as an interim president. Now a year later, when Mark is to begin his 2 year term. Did his 2 year term begin as interim president or can it begin now?

TIA!

If the rules in RONR apply, when the president resigns, the vice-president becomes president automatically for the unexpired remainder of that term, and a vacancy is created in the office of vice president.  

Your rules apparently differ, since you "voted in" the VP as an "interim" office that RONR does not recognize.  If your bylaws actually authorize that, then follow your bylaws.  Otherwise, resolve to follow the rules in RONR properly.

In any case, terms begin and end when the bylaws say, not when people enter and leave them.  When the president's term ends, a new election is held.  Mark may run for that office then, but he certainly can't begin a new term of office a year before being elected to it.

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