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The Nominating Committee – An Assignment of High Trust
The Nominating Committee selects a slate of qualified and competent nominees for election by the ASME membership to serve as President and Board of Governors Members-at-Large for ASME.
Nominees are selected in three ways: by the recommendation of a Society Unit (division, district, sector, section), by an individual member or as a result of the Nominating Committee’s deliberations.
The Nominating Committee is made up of volunteer members drawn from the Sectors and through the sectors from the districts, groups, boards, and committees. The Committee is led by a Chair and Secretary and has a total of 17 Voting and 14 Alternate members. Each Nominating Committee member must be a Member or Fellow grade and not currently serving in any elective office of the Society.
The Voting members of the Nominating Committee shall be elected for two years and the Alternates for one year.
Each year the Nominating Committee is assisted by a non voting group of Advisors, consisting of three consenting and available past Presidents who have been out of office for one year or more and two consultants, the immediate Past Chair and Past Secretary of the Nominating Committee. These Advisors and Consultants attend all meetings and participate fully in all discussions, although they will maintain impartiality and do not state their opinions regarding any particular proposed nominee.
The Nominating Committee is composed of members that have a broad record of volunteer-leadership, thorough knowledge of the Society, and a commitment to the goals and requirements of the Nominating Committee. Members shall have a thorough understanding of current responsibilities, operation and challenges of their Board and the Sector they are representing. They must also understand how these same issues relate to the Society as a whole. The Nominating Committee Member shall have a reasonably good understanding of the history of their Sector and Units, their Board and the Society and be able to use this knowledge to effectively assess the qualifications of proposed nominees for officers of ASME.
Both Voting and Alternate Members are encouraged to attend all meetings. All meetings except the June Selection Meeting are via Web conference or Teleconference.
Past and present Nominating Committee members have valued the opportunity to meet members from other ASME divisions and sectors. They enjoyed hearing the ideas and values from the up-and-coming members of our Society. Participation on the Nominating Committee has been a valuable experience for many members, both old and new, and has helped them better understand the structure and operations of ASME.
As a result of their positive experiences while serving, some Nominating Committee members have run for office after their commitment has been completed and moved forward as Society Officers. Nominating Committee members have also been recipients of various ASME honors and awards. Nominating Committee members are very dedicated to their responsibilities and feel being a member of the Nominating Committee has been one of the better experiences in their ASME volunteerism.
For more information please contact RuthAnn Bigley, ASME Nominating Committee Staff - Manager, Governance Programs.