The Imperial Divan is the international governing body of Shriners International. This governing body works as a corporate Board of Directors and consists of 12 officers, each of whom is elected to the lowest position on the Divan and moves up one position each year (with the exception of the Imperial Treasurer and Imperial Recorder).
The highest leadership position within Shriners International is Imperial Potentate.
- The Imperial Potentate is both president and chief executive officer of Shriners International, and is elected for a one-year term.
- The Imperial Potentate will spend his year in office visiting many of the Shrine temples (chapters), attending regional Shriners meetings and visiting Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
- He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children.
This same organizational structure is followed at the local level within each of the local temples (chapters) across the United States, Canada, Germany, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and the Republic of Panama.