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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Electing the AIHA Board
BY DEBORAH IMEL NELSON, AIHA® PRESIDENT
The 2018 election for AIHA’s Board of Directors concluded earlier this month. Voting is one of the most significant actions you can take as an AIHA member, and I hope all eligible members exercised their right and made their voice heard. (The results were not known by the time this issue of The Synergist went to press.)

The candidates for this year’s election were identified through the same process AIHA has followed for many years. According to this process, the Nominating Committee selects candidates who have leadership experience in the association (for example, those who have served a three-year term as a director). The candidates—two for vice president, two for secretary-elect (or, on alternate years, treasurer-elect), and four for director—participate in contested elections, with the winners taking their seat on the Board at AIHce. For many reasons, the Board be- lieves it is in AIHA’s interest to update this process, which will require changing AIHA’s bylaws. The proposed changes will be presented to members for approval through a special ballot to be distributed in July. In addition, the Board plans to be more transparent about the Nominating Committee’s membership and deliberations. PROPOSED CHANGES Due to time constraints and retirements from active practice, fewer qualified candidates have been willing in recent years to participate in contested elections for the AIHA Board. AIHA recently contacted staff at similarly-sized scientific organizations to learn how they nominate and elect board members. We found that in many organizations, the nominating committee selects an uncontested slate for some or all board positions.
The experiences of recent years have shown that it is time for AIHA to consider changing the way it nominates and elects the officers of the Board.
DEBORAH IMEL NELSON, PhD, CIH, is president of AIHA. She can be reached at (720) 587-7500 or via email.

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