I'm not a SFWA member either (and am unlikely ever to be eligible, given that I have a lifetime output of one semi-professional story
sale), but I'd suggest that this is a bad idea. It's like saying "Let's abolish the city council, since we have a City Manager." Executive Directors are employees of a corporation; they have to have some sort of corporate oversight.
Now, extending the analogy, SFWA has a "Strong Mayor
" form of government; possibly a "Council-Manager
" form (used mostly in smaller cities and towns) would work better here.
And yes, I'm biased, because I was once the Executive Director of a 501(c)(6) trade association, and I currently sit on the board of a 501(c)(3) non-profit (albeit one with no employees or ED). The 501(c)(6) -- I think that's SFWA's corporate type, isn't it? -- for which I worked had nothing to do with SF/F, being a trade association for software developers, but the same dynamics of the relationship between the ED and the governing body apply.Edited at 2008-02-22 06:43 pm (UTC)