2021 BELS President-Elect - Call for Nominations

Would you like to contribute to the success of BELS and be an integral part of shaping its future?

We are looking for a candidate for the position of President-Elect. The nominee must be an active member of BELS and willing to fulfill the duties of the office (read all about those below). Self-nominations are permitted and encouraged.

To submit a nomination, please login and complete the online nomination form no later than midnight Central Time on Friday, October 23, 2020.

Questions? Please contact Nominations and Elections Committee Chair Stephen Palmer, PhD, ELS, at [email protected].

What the office entails:

  • The term will begin on January 1, 2021.
  • During the first year, the President-Elect assists the current President and gains experience in the activities of BELS. This is in preparation to step into the role of President for the next 2 years, followed by an additional year as Immediate Past President. The President-Elect is trained and mentored by the current President, with other Board members providing additional support throughout the term.
  • The President-Elect helps the President with planning of BELS meetings and events; supports membership engagement and retention efforts; and helps with recruitment of volunteers for committees or communication efforts. The President-Elect serves on the Board, advises the President, and serves as a backup for the President’s duties.
  • In the second and third years in office, the President-Elect assumes the role of President. Specific duties include the following:
    • Overseeing the general management of BELS
    • Acting as the primary liaison with the association management company
    • Setting the dates and agendas of meetings and presiding over the meetings
    • Appointing committee members and non-elected members of the Board
    • Ensuring that the decisions of the Board are carried out
    • Responding to queries (not related to exams) from members and others
    • Representing BELS to the larger scientific and publishing communities
  • In the fourth year, the President will move into the position of Immediate Past President, supporting and advising the new President while serving a final year on the Board of Directors.
  • Although most BELS business is conducted remotely through email and teleconferences, 1 or 2 in-person meetings are held each year, traditionally in conjunction with the CSE conference in the spring or the AMWA conference in the fall (dependent upon in-person meeting restrictions).


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