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Become a Governor

The Board of Governors is the representative body of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The Governors are the eyes and ears of the College, serving a critical role as liaisons between the Board of Regents and the Fellows. Throughout various Board of Governors activities and events, Governors bring forth the voices and views of their surgical colleagues and develop resources to support Fellows.

The membership-at-large nominates two-thirds of the Governors, who are elected during the Annual Meeting of the Members at the ACS Clinical Congress. Certain surgical specialty societies, ACS Chapters, and federal medical services nominate one-third of the Board of Governors.

Becoming a Governor

ACS Governors must:

  • Be active Fellows of the College in good standing
  • Share interest in becoming an ACS Governor with their surgical specialty society and/or ACS chapter

Learn more about Appointing a Governor

Learn more about Nominating a Governor

Attaining Governor Representation

Provided below is additional Information on the steps involved to attain Governor representation for surgical specialty societies and/or those interested in starting an ACS Chapter. For more information, contact governors@facs.org or call 312-202-5360.

Governor Representation Requirements for Chapters

The prospective chapter must provide:

  • Governor/Alternate Nomination Form (form to be provided by Board of Governors staff)
  • At least 15 petitions from ACS Fellows in good standing who live or work in the prospective Chapter area (ACS can provide assistance, if necessary)
  • Current contact information for nominee and alternate
  • Current CV for the nominee (CV not required for alternate)
  • Brief statement on why nominee and alternate were chosen

Learn how to establish a new ACS Chapter

It is expected that 15 ACS Fellows petitioning will become active members of the new chapter. Email governors@facs.org to receive the necessary documents to petition for a Governor (and alternate) with the goal of forming a chapter.

Governor Representation Requirements for Surgical Specialty Societies

A surgical specialty society requesting representation on the Board of Governors must:

  • Be composed primarily of surgeons
  • Have demonstrated strong scientific/educational activities and programs for more than five years
  • Have as members 300 Fellows of the College

As part of the request process, the surgical specialty society must provide:

  • Governor/Alternate Nomination Form (form to be provided by Board of Governors staff)
  • Written request to Chair of the Board of Governors from specialty society officer on behalf of the society, describing the organizations's activities and purposes
  • Membership roster of the specialty society, identifying Fellows of the American College of Surgeons
  • Current contact information for nominee and alternate
  • Current CV for the nominee (CV not required for the alternate)
  • Brief statement on why the nominee and alternate were chosen

If more than half of the ACS Fellows with membership in the specialty society are represented by another similar specialty society on the Board of Governors, then the new specialty society is generally not eligible for representation. The applying specialty society is responsible for documenting through membership lists its eligibility for Governor representation. All documents should be sent to governors@facs.org.