IFT Leadership Election

The 2017 IFT Leadership Elections are now closed.
Thanks for your participation!


The vote on IFT’s 2017 Leadership Election, as well as the vote on the proposed new membership model and update to IFT’s governing documents, came to an official close at 5:00 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Here are the results:

IFT Leadership Election

The following members were elected to into leadership roles within IFT, with terms beginning on September 1, 2017:

IFT President-Elect

Michele Perchonok, PhD, CFS

IFT Board of Directors

Bryson Bolton, M.S.

Chris Downs, PhD, GAICD

Vickie Kloeris, M.S., CFS

Soo-Yeun Lee, PhD

Nominations and Elections Committee

Dallas Hoover, PhD

Margaret Patterson, BSc; MMSc, PhD, CSci, FIFST

Craig Sherwin, PhD, CFS

New Membership Model

The proposed new membership model and interdependent update to IFT’s governing documents vote had an overwhelmingly positive approval vote of 89% in favor of the proposed changes, with 2,100 members participating in this vote. The new model will become effective in September 2017. The updated Bylaws will become effective immediately. Details regarding transitioning to the new model will be shared in the coming weeks and at IFT17. In the spirit of full transparency, we also want to share an error that was discovered late last Wednesday afternoon. At that time, it was discovered that the redlined bylaws reference document provided on IFT’s website, linked to a draft version versus the final document version. When this was discovered, the document was immediately removed and replaced with the correct, final version. All other support documents reflected the final version, including the clean copy of the updated Bylaws. Web analytics showed that the incorrect redlined version had only been viewed 53 unique times prior to the update. Due to this, it was determined that the error would not have impacted the direction of the vote. We sincerely regret the error, but are delighted that members overwhelming supported the recommendations. We sincerely appreciate all of the candidates’ involvement in this important election, and extend a special thank you to all of our members who voted.

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 September 2017. Board nominations will tentatively close October 1, 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.

Questions?

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

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