IFT Leadership Election

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.

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

IFT is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 IFT Leadership Election. This process includes notifying you of the slate of candidates identified for IFT 2017–2018 President-Elect and the Board of Directors.

Our nine 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

Hamed Faridi, Chief Science Officer, McCormick& Company, Inc., United States

Michele Perchonok, Manager, Program Science Management Office, NASA Human Research Program, United States

Candidates for the Board of Directors

Bryson Bolton, Sensory & Consumer Research Manager, Product Dynamics, a Division of RQA, Inc., United States

Christopher Daubert, Professor & Department Head, North Carolina State University, United States

Chris Downs, Research Director – Food Innovation, CSIRO, Australia

Federico Harte, Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University, United States

Vickie Kloeris, Manager Space Food Systems Laboratory, NASA, United States

Soo-Yeun Lee, Professor and Assistant Dean, University of Illinois, United States

Gunnar Sigge, Head of Department and Associate Professor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

IFT’s voting membership elects one member for President-Elect and four members for the Board of Directors. During our election, January 31–March 2, 2017, IFT members will be able to cast their ballots electronically from any Internet-accessible computer worldwide. IFT will send an e-mail on January 31, 2017 with details on how to cast your vote. Included on this ballot will be the candidates for the Nominations & Elections Committee, which will soon be announced to the IFT membership.

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.

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
Director, Volunteer Leadership
kdockins@ift.org