IFT Leadership Applications Timeline

December 13, 2021
Applications open

January 21, 2022
Applications due

February 16-18, 2022
All candidates will be contacted by the Leadership Development Committee. Reference calls for candidates moving to the second round of the process.

March 7-11, 2022
Interviews via video conference. All candidates will need to be able to participate in the video interview.

March 21, 2022
All candidates will be contacted by the Leadership Development Committee.

March 28, 2022
Announcement of candidate slate and petition process to the membership.

April 27, 2022
Petition deadline

May 16–18, 2022
Board orientation

September 1, 2022
Terms begin for new IFT President-Elect and board members

IFT Board Leadership Applications

In every area of the organization, IFT’s volunteer leaders are a driving force in delivering value, creating a culture of inclusion, and bringing our mission, vision, and impact areas to life. Serving as a member of the IFT Board of Directors is a possible next step for those who have demonstrated leadership commitment, effort, and involvement with IFT throughout their membership and are interested in being part of its growth and evolution.

The Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated group of leaders who generously contribute their time and expertise to further the advancement of IFT’s members, the profession, and the science of food. During a specified time each year, eligible members of IFT from industry, academia, and government have the opportunity to submit an application to serve as a Director on the IFT Board of Directors or in the Office of the President.


IFT 2022 Board of Directors Candidate Slate

Pursuant to the IFT Bylaws, any five percent (5%) of Premier Members of the Institute had the privilege of proposing a nominee by filing a written petition no later than 5 p.m. CT on April 27, 2022.  Given that no petitions were received, the individuals listed below, who were presented to the membership on March 28, 2022 as this year’s slate of candidates for the IFT Board of Directors, have been deemed elected as of April 27, 2022.  These new board members shall take office effective September 1, 2022.

Earlier this year, eligible members of IFT had the opportunity to submit an application to serve on the IFT Board of Directors. Following a thorough review process, the committee is confident these individuals are committee to leading the association, servicing the diverse community of the science of food, and advancing IFT’s mission, vision, and core values

IFT President-Elect (2022-2023)


IFT Board of Directors (2022-2025)



Candidate Guide

Our Candidate Leadership Guide provides details about the responsibilities, expectations, and time commitment, as well as the competencies, experience, and expertise we are seeking in our Board members. Individuals who possess the competencies, experience, and expertise identified in the guide are highly encouraged to apply.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

IFT is committed to ensuring members have access and the opportunity to contribute to their fullest potential. Diversity and inclusion are key to our mission to connect global food system communities to promote and advance the science of food and its application. Therefore, we believe it is critical to attract and engage a diverse population of members and food science professionals to lead IFT through Board service. The Board strives to achieve broad representation of membership demographics and multi-representational factors, including career stage, education, areas of practice type and setting (e.g., academia, government, industry, consultancy), broad global and cultural experience, and diverse special interests and expertise (e.g., food safety, regulatory, engineering, agriculture, sustainability, etc.). Please visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page for more information.


Please contact Charlotte Patterson, Staff Liaison to Leadership Development Committee, for more information or to submit a question.

"Being on the Board of Directors during such an unprecedented time was one of the highlights of my career. It was a rewarding experience to collaborate with a talented, diverse team to successfully address our enormous challenges while creating the path to a bright sustainable future for IFT. It was a truly transformative experience."

- Noel Anderson, PhD, President 2020-2021,
Institute of Food Technologists
Noel Anderson