2015 IFT Leadership Election

Call for Nominations

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. The 2016 IFT board leadership Election nomination process is now open.

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The 2015 IFT Leadership Election came to an official close at 5:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, March 18. Congratulations to the following individuals who will take office on September 1, 2015:

President-Elect

  • John Coupland
    Professor, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Board of Directors
  • Pam Coleman
    President, Biofortis, Illinois, U.S.
  • Carolyn Fisher
    Senior Scientist, Decernis, Maryland, U.S.
  • Jonathan Gray
    Director of Transformational Innovation, ConAgra Foods Research Quality and Innovation, Nebraska, U.S.
  • Robert McGorrin
    Department Head, Food Science & Technology, Oregon State University, Oregon, U.S. 
Nominations & Elections Committee
  • William (Bill) Barrier
    Executive VP Global Product Development, Quality, Food Safety, International Dairy Queen, U.S.
  • Faith Critzer
    Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Jennifer McEntire
    VP, Science Operations, Grocery Manufacturers Association 
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.

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