ISA Seeks Qualified Nominees for the ISA Board of Directors

ISA Seeks Qualified Nominees for the ISA Board of Directors

ISA Seeks Qualified Nominees for the ISA Board of Directors

Deadline to Submit Nominations is 15 October 2019

The purpose of this notice is to solicit nominations from ISA members to fill four director positions that will become open in August 2020. ISA members can nominate ANY current ISA member (including themselves) in good standing.

ISA’s Board of Directors (“the Board”) consists of the president, the president-elect, and thirteen directors. Five directors are elected by the Council of Representatives (CoR) and eight are elected directly by ISA members. In previous years, the CoR election was held in January/February, while the member election was held in April/May. For the election of directors whose terms end in August 2020, the CoR and member elections will be held at the same time, which is different from the past.

The terms of four current directors (Anne Beard, Russ Carlson, Cecil Konijnendijk, and Scott Prophett) will end in August 2020. Anne and Cecil were elected by CoR; Russ and Scott were elected by members. Cecil and Russ are eligible to run for reelection, but Anne and Scott are not.  Russ will be running for re-election, Cecil will not.  

Any ISA member in good standing is eligible for nomination. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else as a candidate for the Board, please send the name(s) to Sheilah Trail at ISA.

Ballots for the CoR and member elections require at least two qualified candidates for each open director position, which means at least eight qualified candidates are needed for the upcoming elections.

The Nominating and Elections Committee (NEC) will review all nominees and develop two ballots of qualified nominees—one for the CoR election, and one for the member election. Having a wide range of nominees from a variety of ISA components and sectors of the industry (commercial / residential, education, municipal, research, and utility) helps the NEC develop the best ballots. The NEC uses the following criteria to evaluate nominees’ qualifications:

•    ISA member in good standing
•    Past contributions and service to ISA and ISA components
•    Past contributions and service to other professional organizations in arboriculture and related fields
•    Past service in committee and leadership roles both within and outside of ISA
•    Professional work experience in arboriculture and related fields including research activities
•    Professional education and training in arboriculture and related fields
•    Achievement of Board diversity, including field(s) of expertise and geography
•    Recommendations
•    Any other relevant considerations

The closing date for Sheilah Trail to receive these nominations is 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on 15 October 2019.

Please consider nominating someone (including yourself); ISA is a great organization thanks to your participation in the vital process of nominating and electing qualified candidates to the Board. Thanks very much for your help.

Brian Kane, Chair
ISA Nominating and Elections Committee

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