I am the president of a nonprofit organization and am about to be up for re-election. Our bylaws say that the president may appoint the members of the nominating committee but may not be a member of the committee. Should I ask officers of the board who are not up for re-election to appoint the members of the committee, or should I make the appointments (even though it may appear that I am stacking the deck)?
Assuming you would like to be re-elected, I don’t know why you wouldn’t appoint the nominating committee, just as you are supposed to do under the bylaws. Whoever wrote the bylaws must have contemplated that a president would want to run for re-election at some point in the organization’s future. The power to appoint the committee is one of the advantages of incumbency. No one can think badly of you for fulfilling your duties under the bylaws. (If you were not interested in re-election, there would be no reason to let someone else appoint the committee.)
Depending on who you like — or dislike — you might want to ask yourself: what would Nancy Pelosi do? Or: what would Mitch McConnell do? They seem to know how to get themselves elected.