Nomination and Election process
Each year, two new Directors are elected. The Leadership Development Committee, a standing committee of WSVMA, is tasked with receiving nominations for Directors and developing and recommending candidates for the Board of Directors. The Committee meets in the spring, reviews the nominations, and assesses the expertise needed on the Board. The Committee also evaluates the long-term leadership needs of the organization.
The Leadership Development Committee recognizes its critically important role in shaping the leadership of WSVMA. Accordingly, the Committee puts a great deal of thought into developing the Member-elected slates and encourages nominees. Typically, the Committee begins with a list of at least 10-15 nominations from a variety of sources. The nominations are discussed in the context of certain criteria, described below, whose purpose is to promote the strongest and most diverse leadership for WSVMA. Candidates then are slotted for Member election.
The Committee will place a candidate on the Board-elected nomination slate for one or more of the following reasons: (1) based on board discussions, the Committee believes that a particular expertise is needed (for example, a candidate with finance background or an individual with expertise in leading a public health agency); (2) there is a highly qualified candidate who may be less-recognized by the membership; (3) the Board and Committee are seeking to assure greater Board diversity than might be achieved through member election alone.
The Nominating Committee submits the slate of Board-elected Candidates to the full Board for its approval and election. The Board also ratifies the slate of Member-elected Candidates. This slate is presented to the membership for election.
Nomination of candidates may be made by any WSVMA member in good standing and any member in good standing can self-nominate. There is room on the ballot each election for a write-in candidate.
Candidates are elected by a majority of votes from the membership. The election for the WSVMA Board of Directors is held at the Annual Membership Meeting each year in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference. Ballots are sent out in August in accordance with WSVMA Bylaws, and will include a proxy form to sign and return to the WSVMA for members who are not able to attend the Conference.
Terms for Directors are three years and each director may serve up to two terms. Terms start at the conclusion of the Annual Membership Meeting.
The Board meets in person an average of three times a year, typically in January, April and September, although exact dates may vary. The Board also conducts business by approximately six conference calls annually and routine use of email. Directors also serve as liaisons on standing committees or task forces and may be elected to serve as Officers.
Criteria for Nominees
The Leadership Development Committee will place a candidate on the nomination slate for one or more of the following reasons:
- Previous leadership experience
- Diversity across one or more dimensions (gender, age, race/ethnicity, geographic, etc.)
- Diversity in practice and employment type
- Particular expertise, if needed. For example, a candidate with finance background or an individual with expertise in leading a public health agency
- There is a highly qualified candidate who may be less-recognized by the membership
As WSVMA’s governing body, the Board of Directors provides overall strategic direction, serves critical stewardship functions by reviewing and giving input to the development of programs and services, and fulfills fiduciary responsibilities.The Nominating Committee seeks nominees who will reflect a diverse membership and who will actively participate in supporting the functions of the organization.
The Nominating Committee balances the need for established leadership and continuity with the benefit of candidates who represent the next generation of leaders in their respective fields. In any given year, the Nominating Committee may develop candidate slates which also emphasize specific characteristics to fill certain needs as Directors transition on and off the Board. This year we have special interest in recruiting members with these interests: