2014 IFT Leadership Election

The 2014 IFT Leadership Elections ran from February 11 - March 13, 2014. The IFT Membership was informed of the election through various communication channels. This included: IFT Weekly Newsletter, ift.org, Food Technology Magazine and 4 personalized messages to the membership. In addition to the Leadership Election, the following Section & Divisions held ballots: IFTSA; Aksarben; Bluegrass; Chicago; Florida; Great Lakes; Kansas City; Minnesota; New York; Pittsburgh; Northern California; Southern California; Wisconsin; Food Engineering; International; Nonthermal Processing.

2014 LEADERSHIP ELECTION RESULTS:
The following individuals will take office on Sept. 1, 2014:

President-Elect

Board of Directors

Nominations & Elections Committee

IFT’s voting membership elects one member for President-Elect, four members for the Board of Directors and three members for the Nominations & Elections Committee. During our election from February 12-March 13, 2014, IFT members will be able to cast their ballots electronically from any Internet-accessible computer worldwide. IFT will send out an “Election Open” message via e-mail on February 12 to all IFT voting members with details on how to cast your vote.

As a reminder, any candidate brought forth by petition for IFT President-Elect or Board of Directors must have submitted and completed their nomination and candidate information form through the online process to be eligible. 

Any member opting to run as a petition candidate must file a Declaration of Intent by Wednesday, January 24, 2014.  Members have 30 days from today to submit petitions for President-Elect, Board of Directors, or the Committee on Nominations and Elections. Deadline for receipt of all petitions is 5:00 PM Central time on Friday, February 4, 2014. 

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.

IFT Professional Member Count as of January 1, 2014 = 4,930 members

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.

For a complete copy of the IFT Bylaws, click here.

Please forward any questions about the slate, petition process or the online elections to Kelly McGunnigal, staff coordinator for the Nominations & Elections Committee at kmcgunnigal@ift.org.

Who else participated?

IFT Student Association

IFT Sections

- Aksarben
- Bluegrass
- Chicago
- Florida
- Great Lakes
- Kansas City
- Minnesota
- New York
- Pittsburgh
- Northern California
- Southern California
- Wisconsin

IFT Divisions

- Food Engineering
- International
- Nonthermal Processing