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2019 INFORMS Election - Call for Nominations

  • 1.  2019 INFORMS Election - Call for Nominations

    Posted 11-14-2018 13:11

    This is the call for nominations for the INFORMS Elections to be held in 2019 to elect members of the 2020 Board of Directors.

    Here is a brief review of the nomination and election process. More details appear in INFORMS Bylaw 3 and P&P 4.2 and 4.3.

    Each year, a call for nominations of candidates for next year's INFORMS Board occurs. For this year's elections, the Board positions to be filled for 2020 are:

    • President-Elect
    • Secretary
    • Vice-President – International Activities
    • Vice-President – Marketing, Communications & Outreach
    • Vice-President – Membership and Professional Recognition
    • Vice-President – Practice

    The position of Vice President – Chapter & Fora will also be filled through a separate procedure, i.e. election by the Subdivisions Council.

    INFORMS vice presidents are elected for a two-year term. The treasurer and secretary positions are also two-year terms, and they are staggered so that in each year exactly one of the two positions has a newly elected person starting a term of office.

    Because these offices involve a significant learning experience, first-term incumbents may be nominated without opposition for a second term. For this reason, one or more positions on the INFORMS ballot may have only a single candidate.

    The president-elect will serve three years: one year as president-elect, one year as president, and one year as past president.

    Position descriptions can be found at:

    The annual INFORMS election runs from August 1 through September 30. INFORMS employs a voting process called approval voting. This means that INFORMS members can vote for as many candidates as they think are qualified for a position. According to Bylaw 3:

    • Elections shall be conducted by approval voting, whereby each voter may vote for any number of candidates for an office and the individual elected shall be the one receiving the largest number of votes. A quorum for membership voting is 10% of the members who are eligible to vote.

    If you think that someone, including yourself, would be a good candidate for one of the aforementioned openings, please consider sending your recommendation(s) to

    Nominations received by December 10, 2018 will be given full consideration. Nominations received after that date may also be considered if necessary. The nominating committee is required to report its nominations to the INFORMS Board by February 15, 2019, but expects to do so earlier.

    Nicholas G. Hall
    INFORMS President 2018

    Berry Professor,
    Fisher College of Business,
    The Ohio State University