Nominations for ABCT Officers: Get in on Choosing the Leaders
Raymond DiGiuseppe, Chair, Leadership and Elections Committee
We are approaching the nominations period for ABCT's elected leadership positions. Professional organizations are as strong as their memers' participation. ABCT belongs to all of us and the selection of leaders represents the single most important task that members accomplish. Please take ownership of your association and participate in the leadership selection process. Make this the year you guide your professional home and make a contribution by running for office or take an active role in selecting our leaders. If you ask members who have previously served in a leadership role in ABCT why they participated, they all share similar reasons for participating in the leadership: they wanted to make a difference, and they did. Will you or someone you know run for office? In addition to the inherent satisfaction achieved from contributing to ABCT, you have the opportunity to develop new friendships while reconnecting with old ones.
This coming year we need nominations for two elected positions: President-Elect and Representative-at-Large. Those members who receive the most nominations will appear on the ballot. In April, members in good standing vote for the candidates of their choice to serve for 3 years. The President-Elect serves in that function from 2013-2014, then as President from 2014-2015, and then as Past President from 2015-2016.
To be nominated for President-Elect of ABCT a candidate must either have served on the ABCT Board of Directors in some capacity; served as a coordinator; served as a committee chair or SIG chair; served on the Finance Committee; or have made other significant contributions to the Association as determined by the Leadership and Elections Committee. Candidates for the position of President-Elect shall ensure that during his/her term as President-Elect and President of the ABCT, the officer shall not serve as President of a competing or complementary professional organization during these terms of office; and the candidate can ensure that their work on other professional boards will not interfere with their responsibilities to ABCT during the presidential cycle.
Each representative serves as a liaison to one of the branches of the association. The representative position up for 2013 election will serve as the liaison to the Academic and Professional Issues Coordinator. The Coordinator works with a diverse and broad set of committees such as the Academic Training Committee, that oversees our Mentor Directory, our CBT Medical Education Directory, and coordinates our listing of syllabi. Other committees reporting to the Coordinator are Affiliations and Specializations, Awards and Recognition, International Associates, and Research Facilitation. This representative serves a crucial role working with the Coordinator to ensure these committees have clear job descriptions that are in keeping with the ABCT mission statement and keep the Board updated on their activities throughout the year. All full members in good standing are eligible to be nominated, and there is no limit to the number of members you can nominate for any of the positions.
Electioneering starts at the Annual Convention. So if you are interested in running for office, or if you have a candidate in mind, start the campaign now with the nominations and go to the Annual Convention and start making your case to the electorate.
How to Nominate: Three Ways
- Mail the form to the ABCT office (attn. Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., Leadership & Elections Chair, ABCT, 305 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001)
- Fill out the nomination form by hand and fax it to the office at 212-647-1865
- Fill out the nomination form by hand and then scan the form as a PDF file and email the PDF as an attachment to our committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
The nomination form with your original signature is required, regardless of how you get it to us.
Nominate the Next Candidates for Office Form