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Annual Election of AAAS Leadership

The AAAS 2018 elections for President-elect, members of the Board of Directors, the Committee on Nominations, and the officers for the 24 sections was held from October 26 to November 26, 2018. Elected candidates will be announced in December 2018 and will begin their terms on February 18, 2019. 

The slate of candidates is posted:  https://www.aaas.org/governance/2018-election-candidates

How Slates Are Determined:

In an annual general election, slates bearing at least two nominations for each of the following positions will appear on the slate:

(a) President-Elect
(b) Elected Members of the Board
(c) Members of the Committee on Nominations.

Nominations for (a) and (b) shall be presented by the Committee on Nominations. Nominations for (c) shall be presented by the Committee on Council Affairs.

Additional names may be placed in nomination for any of these positions by petition of at least one hundred Members submitted to the Executive Officer within thirty days following the announcement of the election. Any such petition shall be accompanied by a curriculum vitae of the nominee and the nominee’s statement of acceptance of nomination.

In each section election, slates bearing at least two nominations for each of the following positions will appear on the slate:

(a) Council delegates of the Electorate
(b) Members of the Electorate’s Nominating Committee
(c) Section Chair-Elect
(d) Member-at-large of the Section Committee.

Nominations for these positions shall be agreed upon by the elected leaders of each section’s Electorate Nominating Committee.

Additional names may be placed in nomination for any of these positions by petition of at least fifty members of an Electorate submitted to the Executive Officer within thirty days following the announcement of the election. Any such petition shall be accompanied by a curriculum vitae of the nominee and the nominee’s statement of acceptance of nomination.

Position Descriptions:

President-Elect: Election to the position of President-elect begins a three-year term as an officer of the association - one year each as President–elect, President, and chair of the Board of Directors.  Duties over the course of the term include chairing AAAS governing bodies (Committee on Council Affairs, Council, and the Board of Directors) and directing programming for the AAAS Annual Meeting. (3-year term)

Member of the Board of Directors: The AAAS Board of Directors, the fiduciary body of the organization, meets four times per year and plays an important role in directing the activities and administration of AAAS. (4-year term)

Members of the Committee on Nominations select the annual slate of candidates for President-Elect and the Board of Directors. (2-year term)

Council Delegates represent the interest of their disciplinary section on the Council, the policy-making body of the Association. (3-year term)

Chair: The Chair serves the first year as Chair-Elect, the second year as Chair, and the third year as Retiring Chair.During their tenure on the section Steering Group,they nominate and review Fellows, propose and review Annual Meeting symposia,lead the section business meeting,serve on the Electorate Nominating Committee, and represent section interests on the Council. (3-year term)

Members-at-Large support the section Steering Group in its responsibilities including nomination and review of Fellows, and proposing and reviewing symposia for the AAAS Annual Meeting. (4-year term)

Members of the Electorate Nominating Committee select the annual slates of candidates for their disciplinary sections (3-year term)

Nominating Committees:

The Committee on Nominations selects candidates for the President-elect and Board of Directors positions. The Committee is made up of eight elected members who serve two-year terms, along with a liaison from the Board of Directors.

2018-2019 Committee on Nominations

Sallie (Penny) Chisholm (2020)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jeffrey I. Gordon (2020)
Washington University School of Medicine

Patricia Falcone (2019)
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Mary Frank Fox (2020)
Georgia Institute of Technology

Margaret Leinen (2019)
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

Amita Sehgal (2020)
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Shirley M. Tilghman (2019)
Princeton University

Elias Zerhouni (2019)
Sanofi, Inc.

Each of the 24 sections has its own Electorate Nominating Committee (ENC) made up of six members, elected for three-year terms, plus the Retiring Chair of the ​Steering Group. They select candidates for the positions of Section Chair-elect, Member-at-large, ENC, and Council delegate. Each ENC may be found here.

If you have any questions about the election process, please contact the Executive Office at elections@aaas.org.