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2015 IFT Leadership Nomination

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2015 IFT Leadership Election by 5:00pm Central, Tuesday, September 16, 2014 has passed.

Criteria Considered by Nominations & Elections Committee


  • Certified Food Scientist is a plus but not a must
  • Experience on other boards and board positions held
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Experience in reviewing and evaluating financial reporting and budgeting
  • Relevant expertise in the disciplines of organizational management
  • Strong investment in food science and technology; experience in the field at a senior level
IFT Experience
  • Professional Membership required
  • Demonstrated leadership commitment and involvement with IFT; including committee/task force/section/division involvement and program attendance
  • Leadership experience with related industry or academic organizations a plus
  • Ability to interact well with IFT members and develop high quality relationships

  • NOTE: To ensure Board diversity, individuals with less IFT volunteer experience may be considered
Personal Characteristics
  • Personable and easy to approach, accessible to members
  • Ability to work well with the President, EVP and IFT Staff
  • Global perspective and focus 
  • Values and promotes consensus, cooperation and participation among all Board members
  • Skilled in multi-dimensional thinking and problem analysis
  • Capacity to utilize knowledge for decision making that benefits the overall organization
  • Visionary and strategic thinker
  • Ability to represent the profession and IFT in an articulate manner
  • Appreciation for and understanding of diversity
  • Support from employer and colleagues regarding the time and financial commitment required for board service
  • Actively participate as Board liaison to assigned sections or other task forces
  • Attend three Board meetings each year and the Annual Meeting as well as selected other educational programs and/or activities, and participate regularly in Board calls
  • Ability and willingness to serve as formal or informal mentor
Board Diversity If you have any questions, please contact Kelly McCohen, staff coordinator for the Nominations & Elections Committee at kmccohen@ift.org.
Martha Roberts

IFT has always been my foundation for food science and continuing professional friendships.

Martha Rhodes Roberts, PhD
Special Assistant to Dean for Research