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Appointing a Governor

Chapter Guidelines for Appointing a Governor

  • Chapter Presidents and the Chapter Executive Director will be notified via e-mail of a pending vacancy of Governor.
  • The Chapter President/Executive Director acquires nominations for Governor to be presented to the Chapter’s governing body.
  • The governing body will select two individuals from the nominations—one nominee for Governor and an alternate.
    • The alternate will only be called upon when the nominee (and subsequently approved Governor) is unable to complete their term if for any reason, such as resignation (i.e., relocated to another Chapter, etc.) In these cases, the alternate will assume the role of Governor, and complete the remainder of the term.
  • The Chapter completes the online nomination form (instructions below).
  • The nominee for Governor and an alternate, as well as the accompanying information are then presented to the Nominating Committee of the Fellows for review and approval.
  • Final approval is granted for nominees at the Annual Meeting of Members during the Clinical Congress.
  • Appointment notifications are sent to the Chapter and Governor in November.

Online Nomination Form

(A link will be provided by Board of Governors staff)

  • The Chapter provides current contact information for the nominee and alternate.
  • The Chapter uploads a current CV for the nominee (a CV is not required for the alternate).
  • The Chapter provides a brief statement on why the nominee and alternate were chosen.

Chapter Considerations for Appointing a Governor

  • Provide an open and deliberate advertised nomination to the chapter membership.
  • Outline and address issues of diversity (gender, race, geographic, rural/urban, academic/private) to promote equal opportunity for qualified candidates.
  • Review Governor expectations and duties.
  • Nominees must be Fellows of the American College of Surgeons, as well as members of your chapter.
  • Guidelines approved by the Board of Regents for nominating chapter representatives to the ACS Board of Governors should be noted when selecting nominees. These guidelines suggest that the selection of nominees for chapter Governors be chosen from the most experienced and effective members within your leadership group.
  • Special consideration of women and other under-represented minorities is strongly encouraged.
  • Individuals who are not in active surgical practice should not be considered for nomination.
  • These guidelines reflect recognition by the Board of Regents and the Board of Governors of the important role Governors play in linking their chapter to the American College of Surgeons.

Specialty Society Guidelines for Appointing a Governor

  • The Specialty Society Executive Director and Secretary will be notified via e-mail of a pending vacancy of Governor.
  • The Specialty Society Executive Director acquires nominations for Governor to be presented to the Society’s governing body.
  • The governing body will select two individuals from the nominations—one nominee for Governor and an alternate.
  • The alternate will only be called upon when the nominee (and subsequently approved Governor) is unable to complete their term if for any reason, such as resignation. In these cases, the alternate will assume the role of Governor, and complete the remainder of the term.
  • The Society completes the online nomination form (instructions below).
  • The nominee for Governor and an alternate, as well as the accompanying information are then presented to the Nominating Committee of the Fellows for review and approval.
  • Final approval is granted for nominees at the Annual Meeting of Members during the Clinical Congress.
  • Appointment notifications are sent to the Society and Governor in November.

Online Nomination Form

(A link will be provided by Board of Governors staff)

  • The Society provides current contact information for the nominee and alternate.
  • The Society uploads a current CV for the nominee (a CV is not required for the alternate).
  • The Society provides a brief statement on why the nominee and alternate were chosen.

Specialty Society Considerations for Appointing a Governor

  • Provide an open and deliberate advertised nomination to the Society membership.
  • Outline and address issues of diversity (gender, race, geographic, rural/urban, academic/private) to promote equal opportunity for qualified candidates.
  • Review Governor expectations and duties.
  • Nominees must be Fellows of the American College of Surgeons as well as members of your society.
  • Guidelines approved by the Board of Regents for nominating specialty society representatives to the ACS Board of Governors should be noted when selecting nominees. These guidelines suggest that the selection of nominees for specialty society Governors be chosen from the most experienced and effective members within your leadership group and that elected Governors are members of your Executive Committee, either as regular or ex officio members.
  • Special consideration of women and other under-represented minorities is strongly encouraged.
  • Individuals who are not in active surgical practice should not be considered for nomination.
  • These guidelines reflect recognition by the Board of Regents and the Board of Governors of the important role which specialty society Governors play in linking their society to the American College of Surgeons.