American Society For Nutrition

2017 Call for Nominations for Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Positions

2017 Call for Nominations for Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Positions

Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice

December 16, 2016 – The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) is offering a new approach to identifying and selecting leaders of our fast growing society- one that provides greater opportunity for ASN members to provide their input and guidance in helping us continue to lead nutrition science into the future. ASN has opened the call for nominations to fill open positions on the ASN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. ASN is the pre-eminent global leader in in nutrition science and practice reaching over 36 million annually in over 75 countries around the world promoting global excellence in nutrition research through the creation, translation and dissemination of science-based nutrition information.

“As an ASN board member having served as both President and as Secretary, it's been a valuable experience for me because I've used my leadership skills to help to strategically move our profession forward and served our community. I encourage my colleagues to either apply or nominate someone to serve on the ASN Board,” said Teresa Davis, PhD Editor of the Journal of Nutrition and Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.”

There are three open positions: Vice President Elect, Director At-Large and Nominating Committee Member. The terms of office for these positions will begin June 1, 2017:

Vice President Elect
The Vice President Elect shall serve a term of one year. This person shall serve as a member of the ASN Board of Directors for a total of four years, holding each of the following offices for consecutive one-year terms: Vice President Elect; Vice President; President; and Past President. As President, this member shall serve as the Society's chief elected officer and shall work closely with the chief executive officer and staff in formulating and advancing ASN programs for the benefit of our members and global stakeholders.

Director At-Large
The Director At-Large shall provide leadership representing the diverse global ASN membership on the Board of Directors. The Society bylaws require two at-large Directors. One at-large Director is elected each year; these members serve two-year terms.

Nominating Committee Member
The members of the Nominating Committee, which is chaired by ASN's Past President, develops the slate of candidates for Society elections. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will serve a term of 3 years (2017-2020).

The ASN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee has identified a number of desired attributes that will be part of the selection process for new Board members. Applicants should possess:

Demonstrated leadership commitment and involvement with ASN and the nutrition  community. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Pre-eminent and recognized leader in the nutrition community.
  • Visionary and strategic thinker. Demonstrated ability creating new and innovative programs within their sphere of influence.
  • Successful leadership and service on ASN committees, Research Interest Sections, Councils and Task Force's.
  • Commitment to participate in 2-3 in-person board meetings a year. ASN board members are asked to help secure external funding and to provide financial support to ASN's Annual Giving, Special Events and/or other campaigns that benefit ASN's current and future membership.
  • Positive leadership attributes; emotional intelligence; ability to work collaboratively and engage in appropriate debate and discussion when needed.

Please submit your nomination of those that you believe meet these criteria and have a passion for continuing to advance both our society and our field to Cecilia Fox from ASN at no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Time (US) Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Please see the attached nomination template.

Nomination Form (fillable PDF)

If you have additional questions regarding the nomination process, please contact: John E. Courtney, PhD, Chief Executive Officer at