2016 IFT Leadership Election

The IFT 2016 elections were be held from February 15 - March 15, 2016 [ending at 5:00 pm CST].

The following IFT Members will take office September 1, 2016.

President-Elect

  • Cindy Stewart, Global Cultures and Food Protection Technology & Innovation Leader, DuPont Nutrition & Health, United States

Candidates for Board of Directors

  • Chris Findlay, Chairman, Compusense Inc, Canada
  • Sarah Kirkmeyer, Director of Consumer Sensory Insights, Givaudan Corporation, United States
  • Roger Lawrence, Vice President Global Quality & Regulatory Affairs, McCormick and Co., Inc, United States
  • Lauren Shimek, Senior Portfolio Director, IDEO, United States

Nominations & Elections Committee

Due to a vacancy on the current Nominations & Elections Committee, there are two categories of elected committee members; immediate term to fulfill the remaining 18 months of the vacant seat and the annual term of three members to serve the full three-year term.

Full Term (Three elected)

  • Brian E. Farkas, Professor and Head, Department of Food Science, Purdue University, United States
  • Carmen L. Gomes, Assistant Professor at Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, United States
  • Hongda Chen, National Program Leader, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States

 Immediate Term (One elected)

IFT’s voting membership elects one member for President-Elect, four members for the Board of Directors, three members for the full term Nominations & Elections Committee and one member to fill the immediate term on Nominations & Elections Committee. During our election, from February 15 - March 15, 2016, IFT members had the opportunity to cast their ballots electronically from any Internet-accessible computer worldwide. IFT will send out an “Election Open” message via e-mail on February 15 to all IFT voting members with details on how to cast your vote.

The IFT Bylaws, approved by the Board of Directors states the following:

Article VII—Elections

Section 7.3: Candidates by Petition

Petitions, together with pertinent biographical information and a statement by the candidate, must be filed with the Executive Vice President. The deadline for petitions shall be determined by the Board of Directors and communicated to members before the election. Any candidate brought forth by petition must have submitted and completed their nomination and candidate information form through the online process.

a) President-Elect

Any five percent (5%) of Professional Members of the Institute, not more than ten percent (10%) of whom are identified with any one Regional Section, shall have the privilege of proposing a nominee for President-elect by filing a written petition. The president-elect candidate brought forth by petition must have participated in the official call for nominations in the year in which he/she is seeking election, and therefore should have a nomination form on file with the Nominations and Elections Committee. No one will be considered who has not submitted a complete nomination form in accordance with the process.

b) Board of Directors

Any five percent (5%) of Professional Members, not more than ten percent (10%) of whom are identified with any one Regional Section, shall have the privilege of proposing a nominee for election to the Committee on Nominations and Elections by filing a written petition. No one will be considered who has not submitted a complete nomination form in accordance with the process.

c) Committee on Nominations and Elections

Any five percent (5%) of Professional Members, not more than ten percent (10%) of whom are identified with any one Regional Section, shall have the privilege of proposing a nominee for election to the Committee on Nominations and Elections by filing a written petition. No one will be considered who has not submitted a complete nomination form in accordance with the process.

View complete copy of the IFT Bylaws.

Visit the Candidate Guide to learn more about the IFT board leadership process 

The deadline to submit a petition for the election process is January 8, 2016. Please forward any questions about the slate, petition process or the online elections to Kate Dockins, staff coordinator for the Nominations & Elections Committee at kdockins@ift.org.

Who else Participated?

In addition to the IFT Leadership election, these IFT groups participated. 

IFT Student Association

AkSarBen Section
Alamo Section
Bluegrass Section
Chicago Section
Florida Section
Great Lakes Section
Kansas City Section
Lewis and Clark Section
Minnesota Section
New York Section
Ohio Valley Section
Oregon Section
Philadelphia Section
South Eastern Section
Southern California Section
St. Louis Section

Food Engineering Division
International Division
Nonthermal Processing Division

Questions?

Please forward any questions about the slate, petition process or the online elections to:

Kate Dockins
Director, Volunteer Leadership
kdockins@ift.org