IFT Leadership Election

IFT is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 IFT Leadership Election. This process includes notifying you of the slate of candidates identified for IFT 2018–2019 President-Elect, Board of Directors and 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, February 1 – March 5, 2018, IFT members will be able to cast their ballots electronically from any Internet-accessible computer worldwide. IFT will send an e-mail on February 1, 2018 with details on how to cast your vote. 

Our 14 talented candidates offer a breadth of knowledge about the profession, a diverse volunteer history within IFT and beyond, and an unwavering commitment to each of you.

Candidates for President-Elect

  • Anne Goldman, Vice President, Consumer Research, ACCE International, Canada
  • Pam ColemanVice President, Research Services, Merieux NutriSciences; President, Biofortis, United States

Candidates for the Board of Directors

  • Elizabeth E.B. Russell, Account Manager, DuPont, United States
  • Enrique Palou Garcia, Professor and Director of the Center for Science, Engineering and Technology Education, Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico
  • Gordon Smith, Professor & Department Head, Kansas State University, United States
  • Joy Dell’Aringa, Business Development Manager, bioMerieux, United States
  • Ken Lee, Professor and Director of Food Innovation Center, Ohio State University, United States
  • Stacy Pyett, Market Team Lead Dairy & Key Account Manager, NIZO, Netherlands
  • Gunnar Sigge, Head of Department and Associate Professor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Candidates for the Nominations & Elections Committee

  • Clifford Hoye Jr, Principal Development Scientist, Lamb Weston Inc., United States
  • Dena Strehlow, Global Account Director, Tate & Lyle, United States
  • John Ruff, IFT Past President, United States
  • Kelley Lowe, Research Scientist, Abbott Nutrition, United States
  • Tara McHugh, Research Leader, USDA-ARS-WRRC, United States

Article VII—Elections

In accordance with the membership vote that was concluded on March 2nd, 2017, IFT’s membership voted to approve a new membership model, and merge IFT’s Constitution and Bylaws. These accepted documents now reflect the current process for IFT Leadership Elections. While the new bylaws are effective immediately, as was noted in the vote, the new membership model will become effective in October 2017. 

The excerpt from the Bylaws below detail the IFT Leadership Election process.

Section 7.2 Candidates by Nomination

a) President-elect
The Committee on Nominations and Elections shall communicate to the CEO of the INSTITUTE the names of two (2) Premier Members of the INSTITUTE as nominees for President-elect.

b) Board of Directors
The Committee on Nominations and Elections shall communicate to the CEO of the INSTITUTE the names of preferably eight (8), but not less than seven (7) Premier Members, as nominees for Directors of the Board of Directors.

c) Committee on Nominations and Elections
The President of the INSTITUTE shall appoint a Task Force comprised of two (2) Members; two (2) current members of the Committee on Nominations and Elections, one (1) in the second year of his/her term and one (1) in the third year of his/her term; one (1) member of the Board of Directors; the Immediate Past President (chair), and the INSTITUTE CEO (ex officio).

The Task Force shall propose preferably five (5), but no less than four (4) members as candidates for membership on the Committee on Nominations and Elections.

This Task Force will present its slate of candidates for approval to the INSTITUTE Board of Directors.

Eligible voting members will vote to elect President-elect, Board and Committee candidates as presented, according to Section 7.4

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 to CEO. 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 Premier 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 Premier 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 Premier 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.

Section 7.4 Election Process

Mail and/or electronic ballots may be used to elect the President-elect, the Board of Directors, and the Committee on Nominations and Elections.

Nominees (selected by the nomination and the petition process) receiving the greatest number of votes shall be declared elected. Tie votes in the election of the President-elect, members to the Board of Directors, and members of the Committee on Nominations and Elections shall be resolved by a majority vote of the members of the Board of Directors.

The membership of the INSTITUTE shall elect by ballot one (1) of the nominees for President–elect.

The membership of the INSTITUTE shall elect by ballot four (4) of the nominees for Directors at Large of the Board of Directors.

The membership shall elect by ballot three (3) of the nominees for membership on the Committee on Nominations and Elections.

Section 7.5 Changes to Election Process

Any changes to the INSTITUTE nomination and election process (i.e., Section 7 of these By-Laws) once approved by the Board of Directors, shall be submitted to the eligible voting members for ratification. Such changes shall be ratified if a majority of members voting on the proposal vote in its favor.  Such membership votes may be conducted electronically and/or by mail. 
 
Any item in Section 7 can only be changed if a majority of eligible voting members on the proposal vote in its favor. Such membership votes may be conducted electronically and/or by mail.  The normal amendment procedures for these bylaws of Section 12.1 are not applicable to all of Section 7.

View complete copy of the IFT Bylaws.

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.

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Your election login may not be the same as your ift.org login.

Check your inbox for your election information email on these dates:

2/1
2/12
2/15

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Participating Sections

These IFT Sections groups have ballots:

Aksarben Section
Alamo Section
British Section
Chicago Section
Dogwood Section
Great Lakes Section
Iowa Section
Kansas City Section
Lewis and Clark Section
Long Island Section
Minnesota Section
New York Section
Ohio Valley Section
Oregon Section
Philadelphia Section
South Eastern Section
Southern California Section

Questions?

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

Kate Dockins
VP, Volunteer Leadership Development & Recognition
kdockins@ift.org