IFT Leadership Election

The Nominations & Elections Committee is currently seeking nominations for President-Elect and Directors for the 2018-2019 IFT Board of Directors.  As a member of IFT, your help is needed to nominate the future leaders of our organization. This is your chance to be a part of the exciting changes and growth of your professional organization by nominating yourself or a colleague for IFT President-Elect or the IFT Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors engages in strategic thinking and planning to set the organization’s direction and mobilize resources to ensure IFT’s progress in achieving its mission.

IFT board leaders are responsible for cultivating a professional community committed to advance the science of food and its application across the global food system.  The Board of Directors upholds strategic promises to IFT members to focus on individual development, productive networks, scientific innovation and issues advocacy.

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To learn more about the Board of Director’s nomination process, please review the Candidate Guide.  

 


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 October 2017. The updated Bylaws will become effective immediately. For more details about the membership model, click here.

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. Board nominations will tentatively close September 15, 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