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NCS Currents June 2016

New Process for Nominating Officers Provides Broader Scope and Greater Transparency By Ed Manno, MD, FNCS One question that has been raised for the NCS has been how the officers are elected each year. The society follows the process as outlined in the bylaws which states that “open officer seats will be filled using the following succession plan: Secretary to Treasurer; Treasurer to Vice President; and Vice President to President.” This means that the Secretary position is the only open officer seat which requires an annual selection. Traditionally, the selection process has included a recommendation from the Nominating Committee that is then voted on and approved by the Board of Directors. In an effort to codify the process and provide greater input from the membership and Board of Directors, a new process has been developed. During the March strategic planning session (March 14-15 in Minneapolis), the process used to identify the incoming Secretary nominee was revised so that the Board of Directors has a greater opportunity to forward recommendations for consideration by the Nominating Committee. The composition of the Nominating Committee itself was also revised to allow for member and Board involvement. The Nominating Committee now consists of two members of the Board of Directors and two members-at-large. The two members-at-large are chosen by the Board of Directors based on information received from a call for volunteers from the membership. The Board of Directors reviews applications and conducts a vote. The two applicants with the highest number of votes are selected to serve on the Nominating Committee. The two members from the Board of Directors to serve on the Nominating Committee are chosen through a vote by the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will continue to be chaired by the Immediate Past President. Terms will either be one or two years to ensure that individuals with experience and institutional memory of the process are represented on the committee. Through the work of the Nominating Committee, a recommendation is forwarded to the Board of Directors for the next Secretary of the society. Those eligible must be a previous or current member of the Board of Directors and may not be serving on the Nominating Committee. A simple majority vote from the Board of Directors is then needed to confirm the position. If there is not a majority, another recommendation is made and the process repeats until a majority vote has been obtained. It is hoped that the above process will provide greater transparency and allow greater insight for both the Board of Directors and the general membership as to how the process of officer election occurs. To date, we have been blessed with officers that have given their time and talent to the society. The result is that we continue to be a growing and flourishing group of individuals that I remain incredibly proud to be leading. 13


NCS Currents June 2016
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