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Nominating a Governor

2020 Board of Governors Nomination Cycle

The Board of Governors is the representative body of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). 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. The Governors act as a liaison between the Board of Regents and the Fellows, and serve as a clearinghouse for the Regents on general assigned subjects and local problems.

Governor Duties

  • Provide bidirectional communication between the Board of Governors and the Fellows
  • Actively participate in a Board of Governors Workgroup
  • Attend the spring Leadership Summit (spring meeting attendance is not required for international governors)
  • Participate in Board of Governors meetings, Convocation, and Annual Meeting of the Members at the annual Clinical Congress
  • Complete the Annual Survey
  • Attend Chapter or specialty society meetings
  • Participate in local Committee on Applicants meetings and interviews
  • Provide reports to the ACS Chapter or specialty society
  • Promote ACS Fellowship in state and specialty society
  • Welcome new Fellows from your area/organization into the ACS
  • Be an active participant in the Board of Governors online community site

An inclusive, transparent Board of Governors depends upon members who can actively serve as a link to their local community/organization and as a resource for the ACS. Nominations for 2020 appointments must be submitted by ACS Chapters or surgical specialty societies by June 19. Instructions and materials will be sent to ACS Chapters and specialty societies by April.

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