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ACNM Elections

Create the change you want to see.

Your vote is your voice. 


Actively choose ACNM's future leadership by voting in the 2021 ACNM election and encouraging your fellow members to cast their ballots as well.  Through your vote, not only do you help determine the direction for the College, choose priorities, and promote the values you care about; you set in motion, those who will help you build a bright future for ACNM.


ACNM's 2021 Election Candidates: TBD


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Election Timeline: Update coming soon!




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ACNM 2020-2021 Election Cycle

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Board of Directors
The Board of Directors ensure ACNM’s well-being by collectively directing, advocating and investing in ACNM’s affairs, while meeting appropriate interests of ACNM stakeholders. Through the duty of care, each board member has a legal responsibility to participate actively in making decisions on behalf of ACNM and to exercise his or her best judgment while doing so. Under duty of loyalty, each board member must put the interests of ACNM before their personal and professional interests when acting on behalf of the organization in a decision-making capacity. Through duty of obedience, board members bear the legal responsibility of ensuring that ACNM complies with the applicable federal, state, and local laws and adheres to its mission.

President-Elect:


  1. Assist and advise the President, and perform other duties as requested or directed by the President
  2. Serve as Acting President in the absence or disability of the President, assume all authority conferred upon the office of President, and perform all duties for which the President is responsible until the President can resume duties
  3. Succeed to the office of President after one year as President-Elect
  4. Succeed to the office of President should the Presidency become vacant during an unfinished term.
  5. Once you become President, you will be responsible for the following:
    1. Presiding over as Chair at all meetings of the College, the Board, and the Executive Committee.
    2. Appointment of an appropriate designee for Presidential responsibilities, including but not limited to, the role of Chair in meetings.
    3. Direction of other Officers.
    4. Responsibility to satisfy the directives of the Board.
    5. Designation and appointment of ACNM representatives to other external organizations, subject to Board approval.
    6. Appointment of division and task force chairpersons (except the Nominating Committee) subject to Board approval.
    7. Administration of the affairs of ACNM according to the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, and the policies adopted by the Board.
    8. Publication of an annual report of the activities and decisions of the Board no later than the Annual Meeting.
    9. Being an ex officio non-voting member of all appointed bodies of the national organization except for the Executive Committee where the President is not a member. 
Secretary:

 1. Have and overseeperform all duties commonly incident to, and vested in, the office of Secretary of a corporation, including but not limited         to supervision and maintenance of all corporate documents.
 2. Be responsible for overseeing a process for the keeping of the minutes of all meetings of the Board, and the Executive Committee including         accountability for accuracy of the minutes and their timely and appropriate distribution to the Board and posting the open meeting portion         of the minutes to the website for the membership.
 3. Perform duties delegated and designated by the Board or the President.

At-Large Midwife of Color: 

1. Communicate with members, Affiliates, and academic programs.
2. Act as liaison between the Midwives of Color community and the Board.
3. Serve as a voting member of the Board to carry out the mission and purposes of the College.
4. Report activities to the Board. 


Tenure of Appointment:


All voting members of the Board shall be elected to serve a term of three (3) years. *NOTE: The term of the President-Elect is three (3) years; one (1) year as President-Elect and two (2) years as President. Each member shall serve until a successor is elected and assumes office. Each of the Regions is expected to elect a Regional Representative, who shall adhere to all terms concerning members of the Board. Members of the Board shall take office at the Board meeting following the Annual Business Meeting at which their election is declared. No voting member of the Board shall be eligible to serve more than two (2) consecutive terms, or seven (7) consecutive years, whichever is the longer duration. After two (2) consecutive terms, each Board member, except the President, is eligible again for service on the Board after one (1) year has elapsed from the end of service. The President is limited to one three-year (3) term at a time, one (1) year as President-Elect, and two (2) years as President. After three (3) years have lapsed from the end of service, a former President is eligible to serve as President-Elect/President again for one additional term. The terms of the voting members of the Board shall be staggered to ensure that approximately one-third of the positions expire each year.



Regional Representative, Board of Directors (Regions II and V)


II

V



Washington, DC
Maryland
Virginia
New Jersey
West Virginia
International addesses
Iowa
Kansas
Minnesota
Nebraska
North Dakota
Oklahoma
South Dakota
Wisconsin


The Board of Directors ensure ACNM’s well-being by collectively directing, advocating and investing in ACNM’s affairs, while meeting appropriate interests of ACNM stakeholders. Through the duty of care, each board member has a legal responsibility to participate actively in making decisions on behalf of ACNM and to exercise his or her best judgment while doing so. Under duty of loyalty, each board member must put the interests of ACNM before their personal and professional interests when acting on behalf of the organization in a decision-making capacity. Through duty of obedience, board members bear the legal responsibility of ensuring that ACNM complies with the applicable federal, state, and local laws and adheres to its mission.


As a Board Member:


  1. Communicate Board charges to divisions and committees.
  2. Serve as a liaison to selected groups.
  3. Coordinate with national office staff on work priorities.
  4. Report on issues related to the work of the volunteer structure, internal and external stakeholders.
  5. Respond to ACNM members or related constituent inquiries.
  6. Provide input for documents as requested.
  7. Represent ACNM to agencies and organizations external to ACNM related to the work of ACNM.


As a Regional Representative:


  1. Maintain regular contact with their local members to assess the needs of local members and to consider the good of the organization in all their votes; report quarterly to ACNM Board serve as liaisons to ACNM Divisions, Committees and collegial organizations.
  2. Conduct a regional meeting during the ACNM Annual Meeting and may attend/organize other meetings throughout their region.
  3. Contribute to Quickening, present the Exemplary Affiliate Award, coordinate the "With women, for a lifetime" commendation and communicate on a regular basis with members of their region.
  4. Adhere to all terms concerning members of the Board.


Tenure of Appointment:


All voting members of the Board shall be elected to serve a term of three (3) years. *NOTE: The term of the President-Elect is three (3) years; one (1) year as President-Elect and two (2) years as President. Each member shall serve until a successor is elected and assumes office. Each of the Regions is expected to elect a Regional Representative, who shall adhere to all terms concerning members of the Board. Members of the Board shall take office at the Board meeting following the Annual Business Meeting at which their election is declared. No voting member of the Board shall be eligible to serve more than two (2) consecutive terms, or seven (7) consecutive years, whichever is the longer duration. After two (2) consecutive terms, each Board member, except the President, is eligible again for service on the Board after one (1) year has elapsed from the end of service. The President is limited to one three-year (3) term at a time, one (1) year as President-Elect, and two (2) years as President. After three (3) years have lapsed from the end of service, a former President is eligible to serve as President-Elect/President again for one additional term. The terms of the voting members of the Board shall be staggered to ensure that approximately one-third of the positions expire each year.



Nominating Committee


The Nominating Committee shall oversee and supervise the nomination and election process for members of the Board of Directors (BOD) and members of the Nominating Committee in accord with American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Bylaws. The Nominating Committee shall promulgate policies to ensure that appropriate procedures are in place for the selection and presentation of qualified nominees to the membership. (Article XIII Section A.1.a.) The Nominating Committee is a member committee of the ACNM. The Nominating Committee structure and function can only be changed by amendment to the ACNM Bylaws. (Article XI, Section B)


The Nominating Committee:


  1. Is comprised of seven members voted by eligible voters.
  2. Facilitates identification and evaluation of eligible college members to fill vacancies on ACNM Board (i.e. the President Elect).
  3. No collaboration between the committee and Board currently exists.
  4. Chairperson must be a member who has served at least one (1) year.
  5. Members serve a three (3) year term for a total of two (2) consecutive terms.
  6. Two (2) committee members are elected each year.
  7. Current Nominating Committee members are not eligible for any open Board position.
General Responsibilities of the Nominating Committee:

  1. Prior to the Annual Meeting of the membership, the Nominating Committee shall choose the Chairperson from among those members who have served at least 1 year.
  2. Prepare the Consent to Serve (CTS) documents for candidates.
  3. Determine the election timeline and deadline to receive Consents to serve and CVs from potential candidates.
  4. Solicit potential candidates from the membership
  5. Construct a ballot and questionnaire.
  6. Maintain confidentiality: Name of all nominees are kept confidential.
Election Process Responsibilities of the Nominating Committee:

  1. Nominating Committee selects a slate of candidates.
  2. Nominating Committee chair sends a letter/email of notification of selections and the information regarding necessary submissions and deadlines.
  3. Nominating Committee chair notifies candidates who are not selected.
  4. Presentation of candidates to the membership
  5. Nominating Committee assists the National Office in completion of candidate.






For more information contact: Nena Harris, Nominating Committee Chair via email at: 
[email protected] using the subject line: Call for Nominations
American College of Nurse-Midwives
8403 Colesville Rd. Ste. 1550 Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 240.485.1800 Fax: 240.485.1818
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