The union’s national board, which holds four meetings a year, will determine who succeeds Howard for the remaining 17 months rest of his term. The next meeting is set for April 9.
Carteris was re-elected to the post of executive vice president at the union’s bi-annual convention in September. The SAG-AFTRA Constitution, enacted in 2012 as part of the merger of SAG and AFTRA, provides that the exec VP will assist the president in the governance of the union and will succeed the president should the office be vacated.
Carteris is best known for her role as school newspaper editor Andrea Zuckerman in the series “Beverly Hills 90210.” Other credits include “Touched by an Angel,” “King of the Hill,” “NYPD Blue,” “Jag” and “Criminal Minds.”
During his union presidency, Howard espoused a pragmatic approach and was the leading voice of the moderate-leaning Unite 4 Strength faction — which has dominated the leadership at the performers union since 2009.