INFORMS News – INFORMS elections: Call for nominees

This is the call for nominations for the INFORMS elections to be held in 2018 to elect members of the 2019 Board of Directors.

Here is a brief review of the nomination and election process. More detail is 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 for 2019 to be filled are: president-elect, treasurer, vice president-publications, vice president-education, vice president-meetings and vice-president-information technology.

The position of vice president sections and societies is to be filled, but that position will be filled through election by the Subdivisions Council.

INFORMS vice presidents are typically 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 not more than 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 reasons of continuity and stability. This is the reason why one or several 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.

INFORMS elections begin in the summer, in recent years running from August through the end of September. 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 percent of the members 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 Jan. 10, 2018, will be considered. Nominations received after that date may be considered. The nominating committee is scheduled to report its nominations by Feb. 15, 2018.