AIChE holds an annual election for the Board of Directors. Board members are elected for three-year terms. In any given year, one-third of the Board will be up for election.
Any qualified member, senior member, or Fellow can run by petition for president-elect, secretary, treasurer, or director (but not president) by filing signatures of 100 or more voting members with the Office of the Secretary no later than 25 weeks prior to the annual meeting.
Timeline for The Overall Election Process
|July||Appointment of Nominating Committee|
|November||Nominating Committee develops election slate|
|March/April||Election slate publicized to membership|
|May||Petition candidate cut-off|
|August||Election ballot mailing|
|September||Ballot receipt deadline|
|September||Tellers Committee meeting - Candidates informed of election results|
|November||Election results announced at Annual Business Meeting, All members are encouraged to attend this meeting.|
|December||Election results published in CEP|
In order to keep campaigning on a high professional level and to maintain fairness to all candidates, the Institute will rely on the integrity of the candidates. The following are the election guidelines:
- Campaigns shall be reasonable in manner, inexpensive, personally oriented and financed by the candidates themselves (that is, not financed by any organization, company, university, or local section of AIChE).
- Campaign advertising will be limited to the candidate s personal statement presenting his/her qualifications and views as published in CEP, the standard campaign ad in CEP, and prescribed content on the AIChE web page. The web page or ad can provide an e-mail address of the candidate for more details on his/her positions, in order to foster a dialog between the candidate and the voting membership.
- Campaign committees of friends of the candidates may be formed, but all mailing costs are to be borne by individuals. E-mail contacts are permitted, but no address lists are to be provided by AIChE staff, local sections, or divisions.
- No local section, division, or committee shall be allowed to send out any candidate s campaign material in their official mailing, nor should they support or oppose any candidates.
- Electioneering at AIChE meetings shall be prohibited. This includes distribution and posting of campaign materials.
- Sitting Board members should not endorse candidates running for election.
- The Board recognizes that it is not practical to develop a complete set of electioneering rules to develop and to police each candidate's professional vitality and integrity. The Board is convinced, however, that it can depend on the membership to enforce these regulations by voting only for candidates who observe them.