SPAGS - Board Nominations & Elections

Any SPAGS members in good standing may be nominated and elected to serve on the SPAGS Board in the position of President-Elect or Representative-at-Large. The Past President, who oversees the nomination and elections process, will accept nominations if they are endorsed by at least two members, one of whom must be the nominated person. Nominations will typically be solicited by the Past President near the end of the calendar year. The nomination period will be closed 10 days following this solicitation. Nominees will be expected to prepare an autobiographical ‘campaign’ statement that will not exceed 750 words and provide this statement to the Past President before the end of the nomination period.

At that time, a final election ballot will be prepared including no more than three people with the largest number of nominations for each office to be elected. Prepared nominee statements will then be distributed to SPAGS membership, who will have 5 business days to vote. The election results will be made public no later than 21 days following the conclusion of voting, and prior to the annual meeting.


Changes to SPAGS Election Process

The current SPAGS Board has voted to restructure the elections process to in efforts to boost engagement, which is detailed below:

  • Candidates self-nominate for both a board position and committee chair position (e.g., International Member at Large and Career Development Committee Chair)
    • Previously, board members would choose which committees they would chair during the first meeting.
  • Slate Election
    • Based on the nominations to the SPAGS Boards and Committees, the Leadership Committee prepares the slate for current board approval.
      • Detailed further below, the Leadership Committee is comprised of the President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past-President who do not need to run for re-election.
    • SPAGS Board approves by simple majority.
      • Current board members running for election abstain from vote.
    • Revision to the Slate (if necessary)
      • If the slate is not passed, full board convenes to revise slate
  • Membership Voting:
    • Slate is presented to the membership for a Vote
    • If membership doesn’t agree with the slate, 10 individuals within the membership (including board members) can send in petition to change board.