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  • Sourcing, Nominations, & Election

    To source, nominate, and elect NACE members to the NACE Board of Directors, the NACE Bylaws and Policy & Procedures Manual provide a consistent, transparent, and equitable set of protocols and processes to ensure adherence to the core value of inclusion.

    Member-Driven Sourcing & Nomination Committee

    • A new Sourcing & Nominations Committee is appointed each July and is drawn from the NACE membership; particular attention is paid to the diversity of the individuals and the institutions and organizations they represent across a range of parameters. (See the NACE Statement of Diversity & Inclusion.)
    • In late summer/early fall, all NACE college and employer members are contacted and encouraged by the Committee to self-nominate for Director positions on the Board. Members are provided with information on the expectations and competencies required, reference to NACE’s Statement on Diversity & Inclusion, and a description of the Director’s responsibilities.  
    • Eligibility for Officer positions requires that candidates must have previously served as a Director. All those eligible are contacted in advance and encouraged to submit their nomination.
    • Communications to members include comprehensive information regarding the open positions, opportunities to ask questions, and the deadline for nomination submission.

    Nominations, Election, & Follow-up

    • The Board of Directors is comprised of four College Directors, four Employer Directors, a Vice President-College, a Vice President-Employer, President-Elect, President, and Past-President. All have two-year terms with the exception of the President, who has a three-year term as he or she cycles through the President-Elect, President, and Past-President positions.
    • To ensure continuity and balance on the Board, each year members elect two College and two Employer Directors; the President-Elect (who rotates between college and employer professionals each year); and a rotation of either Vice President-College or Vice President-Employer. 
    • In mid to late fall, the Sourcing & Nominations Committee meets to thoroughly review the experience and competencies of all candidates expressing interest in service, considering alignment of experience and competencies to the requirements of the position.
    • After an in-depth review of all submissions, the Sourcing & Nominations Committee recommends a ballot of candidates to the Board of Directors for approval.
    • The Board, comprised solely of NACE members, reviews and approves the ballot.
    • All candidates who have submitted nominations are contacted individually by phone prior to January 1.
    • Those not selected for the ballot are encouraged to continue volunteer engagement and explore leadership roles in the future.
    • The ballot is sent to the full membership for vote in January.
    • Newly elected Board members take office in July, after participation in a mentoring program and a leadership retreat.


  • NACE believes in a world that is inclusive in approach and where equal opportunities and equitable outcomes exist for all. Read NACE’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement at www.naceweb.org/dei-statement.

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