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Become a Governor

Leadership Team

The Board of Governors (BoG) consists of a seven member Executive Committee.

The Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors nominates Regents and the Board of Governors Executive Committee.

The Nominating Committee of the Fellows nominates American College of Surgeons (ACS) Officers and Governors.

The Elections Advisory Committee advises two nominating committees.

What Do ACS Governors Do?

A Governor’s responsibilities fall under three main headings: attend, communicate, and participate.

What’s Required to Become a Governor?

Are you interested in becoming a Governor? Specialty societies and ACS chapters nominate Governors.

Steps to Becoming a Governor

  1. Be an active Fellow of the College in good standing.
  2. Share your interest with your specialty society or ACS chapter.
  3. If there is no chapter in your area, see the section titled, “I want to start a Chapter, but my area doesn’t have a Governor.”

I Want to Start a Chapter, but My Area Doesn’t Have a Governor

Governors can be assigned to chapters or areas that do not have a current assigned Governor.

Steps to Starting a Chapter

  1. Petition the Board of Governors Executive Committee to assign you as Governor.  This activity can be accomplished by e-mailing your intention of becoming a Governor in the area with the goal of forming a chapter to
  2. A template provided for this purpose will be e-mailed to you.
  3. Obtain fifteen signatures from ACS Fellows which live or work in the area. ACS can provide assistance with this step, if needed.

Submit documents to