Call for Nominations for FY14 Society Officers and Trustees

With FY13 activities under way, it is time to identify and nominate potential candidates for FY14 Society officers, Board of Directors, Senate leadership and Board of Trustees.

Per Article IV, Section 6, of the Society's bylaws, the Society nominating committee is charged with the responsibility for selecting at least one qualified candidate for each of the following positions for FY14:

- President Elect

- Secretary

- Director (2 positions)

- Deputy Director of Regions

Under Society bylaws, candidates for these elected positions must be a voting member of the Society in good standing and must have served at least two years in the aggregate as a professional member of the senate, Society committee chair, region governor, professional section or members at large president, or professional section or members at large representative, except that one year as a collegiate senator or collegiate representative may be counted.  Proviso: For the purpose of fulfilling eligibility requirements, service as an international representative for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 shall count toward these requirements (expires 2019). A candidate for president elect must be either a senior member or a fellow, and must have served at least two years on the board of directors. A candidate for deputy director of regions must have served as a region governor (or region director prior to 2004).

There are four SWE leadership competencies that each future leader should possess to some degree:  leadership abilities, communication, business knowledge & management and self-management & development.  The Leadership Competency Model provides additional information on requirements and duties for each position.  Please review the skills, leadership competencies, interests and SWE experience of members you are familiar with, and use the attached form to recommend appropriate candidates.

The Society nominating committee is also calling for candidates for additional FY14 positions:

- Trustee (2 positions)

- Speaker of the Senate

- Deputy Speaker of the Senate

- Senate Secretary

At the request of the Board of Trustees, the Society nominating committee has been asked to recommend two candidates for trustee.  There are six members on the Board of Trustees who serve staggered three-year terms; two new trustees must be elected for FY14.  A key factor for a candidate for trustee is expertise in handling all types of financial investments.  While not necessary, it is beneficial for the candidate to be familiar with Society operations.

Trustees maintain fiduciary responsibility for SWE's endowed and reserve funds by prudently selecting and overseeing investment managers, in light of economic and financial conditions in the world economies and in SWE.

Candidates for trustee should have a good understanding of global economies and financial markets and should be comfortable with a broad range of investment vehicles.  Candidates should also have strong strategic thinking and communications skills.  For the term beginning in FY14, the trustees seek candidates with skills in accounting and financial reporting.

At the request of the Senate, the nominating committee has been asked to issue this call for candidates for speaker of the senate, deputy speaker of the senate, and senate secretary.  A candidate for speaker of the senate, deputy speaker of the senate, or senate speaker must be a voting member of the Society, and have served a minimum of two years in the aggregate on the board of directors, as a professional member of the senate, Society or senate committee chair, region governor, professional section or members at large president, or professional section or members at large representative,  except that one year as a collegiate senator or collegiate representative may be counted toward this requirement.  Proviso: For the purpose of fulfilling these eligibility requirements, service as an international representative for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, shall count toward the requirement (expires 2019). The Society nominating committee has been requested via Senate motion to evaluate speaker, deputy speaker and senate secretary candidates.

The speaker and deputy speaker are responsible for providing direction for the senate members in addressing Society level issues related to strategic planning, implementation and completion.  The senate secretary is responsible for overseeing all senate communications and logistics for meetings.

Candidates for all senate leadership positions should possess a knowledge and familiarity with the Society bylaws and parliamentary procedure as well as the SWE leadership competencies.

The Society nominating committee is responsible for insuring that qualified candidates are placed on the ballot; however, identifying SWE's future leaders is the responsibility of all members.  Our Society has many competent members who are interested in leading us forward.  It is the responsibility of all of us to see that they are considered for the Society's elected offices.  I look forward to receiving your recommendations.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO IDENTIFY CANDIDATES WHO CAN PROVIDE LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE FOR SWE IN THE COMING FISCAL YEAR.

NOMINATING INSTRUCTIONS

The deadline for submitting recommendations is September 28th, 2012.

Please complete a nomination form for each recommended candidate for the Society's offices, Directors, Senate leadership and trustees for FY14.

- Provide the candidate's name, address, phone and e-mail.

- Include all positions the candidate is being nominated for on the same form.

- Provide some brief background information explaining why the person is appropriate for the office - for example, SWE experience, leadership competencies, financial planning experience, etc.

- Obtain a candidate consent and eligibility form from each recommended candidate.

- This must be submitted along with their nomination form.

- The Society nominating committee chair must receive this confirmation of consent and eligibility before the candidate will be considered.

- Use a separate nomination form for each candidate nominated.

Please e-mail the nomination package (nomination form and candidate consent and eligibility form) to the Society nominating committee chair, Pamela Snyder P.E. by September 28th, 2012.

SOCIETY NOMINATION PROCESS NOTES

This call for candidate recommendations is NOT used for region positions.  It is each region's responsibility to select candidates for region governor, senator and Society nominating committee representatives in accordance with region bylaws.

Click here for a summary of the Society's nominating process.

Questions about eligibility, duties of office or the process the Society nominating committee follows can be directed to the Society nominating committee chair or your region nominating committee representative.

The information supplied by the candidates, and the feedback on the candidates supplied by other SWE members during the nomination process, is regarded as highly confidential information.  It is not shared outside the committee, and it is not saved from year to year.  In order to preserve the confidentiality and integrity of our process, questions, concerns or feedback about individual candidates that arise outside of the formal feedback process must be directed to the Society nominating committee chair.  Please respect that members of the Society nominating committee are duty-bound not to discuss information related to individual candidates.

FY13 SOCIETY NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Society Nominating Committee Chair:  Pamela Snyder P.E

Members:

Mary Frederick, Golden West Region (A)

Betty Irish, Sonora Region (B)

Hope Toole Schwalls, Gulf Coast Region (C)

Cassie Bayer, Southeast Region (D)

Cheryl Manning, Mid-Atlantic Region (E)

Bernice Brody, New England Region (F)

Jennifer Vallero, Ohio Valley Region (G)

April Privett, Heartland Region (H)

Kristin Ramey, Square Root (-1) Region (i)

Suzanne Hakam, Northwest Star Region (J)

The Society nominating committee encourages all SWE members to consider service at the highest levels.  Please feel free to contact any of the Society nominating committee members to discuss requirements for service, the process of application, and your plans for service over the short and long term.


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