Board Elections

Chapter V, Section 2.1 of the bylaws, “Election of Board Directors,” states: To be elected a board director, a candidate must be a Fellow of the Academy. Board directors are elected at the annual business meeting of the Academy for three-year terms and may succeed themselves for a second three-year term not counting partial terms.

Only Academy Fellows in good standing are eligible candidates to stand in the elections to the Board of Directors in November. The application deadline is April 30; please continue reading for details on the nominations process and how to nominate yourself or someone else for consideration.

Application process

Nominations will only be accepted online via this application process and must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, April 30. The deadline will not be extended and nominations submitted via other means will not be accepted.

You may nominate yourself or another. If you nominate someone else, please confirm in advance that s/he is a current Fellow in good standing. Candidates not meeting this eligibility requirement, including applicants for fellowship status, will not be considered.

The most important element of the nomination process is the Letter of Nomination, which MUST, in addition to any comments you make in support of your candidacy or that of your nominee, include the following sections:

What positions are available?

Two board director positions become available in November. One will be for a full 3-year term, the other will be completing the unfinished term of whichever incumbent is elected as Secretary. Two incumbents are eligible for re-nomination to continue service.

What does service as a board director involve?

There are usually two physical meetings of the board each year: at the annual meeting and in the spring.

If you are elected at the annual business meeting your first meeting as a board director will be on Sunday, November 15, which is normally scheduled for 7:30-11:30AM. You are expected to participate until it adjourns. Thereafter, there are two board sessions at the annual meeting: the Wednesday afternoon prior to the start of the annual meeting, and again on Sunday morning. The Academy does not reimburse costs for your attendance at board meetings held in conjunction with the annual meeting.

The spring meeting of the board occurs in April, May or June for two full days; the date and location is determined by the president and is usually announced at the annual meeting. Your costs to attend this meeting are reimbursed by the Academy.

The board meets by conference call in January to review and adopt the annual budget. On rare occasions additional conference calls may be scheduled. The Executive Committee meets monthly by conference call and board directors are invited, however, participation is not mandatory.

Board directors are expected to chair a standing committee; your appointment to one will be determined by the board and depends on your skills and capabilities. You will be expected to fully participate in the work of the board, reading and writing reports, and contributing fully to discussions.

Process; Notifications

After the call for nominations closes on Thursday, April 30, the Nominating Committee will review and consider candidates. No later than July 31, per bylaws, the Nominating Committee submits a slate of candidates to the board for approval. Once approved by the board, all candidates, whether or not selected, are notified by mid-August. The slate of candidates is notified to the Academy membership no later than September 15. The elections are scheduled for the annual business meeting of members on Saturday, November 14.