AIR Nominations and Elections

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association and sets its expectations for organizational accomplishment and conduct, periodically assessing organizational performance regarding these expectations. The Board of Directors represents the membership as a whole by ensuring that membership input is gathered and used in Board decision making. The Board has responsibility and authority for the Association’s fiscal controls and the conduct of an annual audit. The Board appoints a Board Secretary and Board Treasurer from its membership each term.

The Nominations and Elections Committee develops a slate of candidates consisting of at least two individuals for each open position. An election is held annually with the winning candidates taking office at the AIR Forum. The Vice President and Board Members At-Large serve three-year terms while the Nominations and Elections Committee members serve two-year terms.

Position Descriptions

Vice President
The Vice President serves as vice chairperson of the Board of Directors and represents the President when the latter is unable to perform his/her duties. The Vice President succeeds to the office of President at the termination of the one-year term as Vice President. The term of office is three years - one as Vice President, one as President, and the third as Immediate Past President/Nominations and Elections Committee Chair.

Board Members At-Large
The At-Large member serves on the Board for three years. The At-Large members along with the Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President are responsible for assuring successful Association performance of governance policies, regularly reviewing those policies, discussing long term needs of the profession and the Association. At-Large members can also serve as Board Treasurer or Board Secretary as well as Board committees.

Nominations and Elections Committee
This six-member committee, chaired by the Immediate Past President, prepares a slate of six candidates for the three positions on the Nominations and Elections Committee, six candidates for the three at-large Board positions, and two candidates for the position of Vice President. The Nominations and Elections Committee is responsible for ensuring the proper conduct of elections and for reporting the results to the membership. The term of office is two years and three members are elected annually. 

Process Overview

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The AIR Board of Directors is elected by the membership from a slate of candidates developed by the AIR Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC), a six-member committee also elected by the membership. Each fall, the NEC invites AIR members to nominate colleagues and themselves for open positions. All AIR members may be nominated, except graduate students and current officers (Board or Nominations and Elections Committee members). 

The Board has identified characteristics that all candidates (Vice President, Board Members At-Large, and Nominations and Elections Committee members) should possess. These characteristics will be taken into account when the NEC prepares to submit a properly screened slate of candidates to the Board of Directors.

Characteristics of Board and NEC candidates:

Current members of AIR with at least three (3) years prior membership in the association – membership years do not need to be consecutiveBoard members should have some knowledge of and experience with AIR. At the same time, the Board does not believe that a candidate needs to be a member of AIR for 10 or 20 years. Three years was selected to emphasize that newer members can make a contribution to AIR and the Board of Directors/NEC.

Demonstrated organizational governance experience in employment, professional associations, or community associations. It is important that members of the Board of Directors have experience with governance. At the same time, it is understood that governance experience can be obtained in a variety of ways—at work, with state and regional associations, and with community or neighborhood associations.

Experience with fiduciary oversight. Members of the AIR Board of Directors have responsibility for overseeing the finances of the Association. This is not just the responsibility of the Board Treasurer, it is the responsibility of every Board member. As such, Board members should have experience overseeing finances.

Capable of being the voice for others. The AIR Board of Directors represents the voice of Association members. The Board accomplishes this by identifying trends in higher education that can influence institutional research and helping to provide institutional researchers with the knowledge and abilities to cope with those trends.


The timeline for elections is set by the Nominations and Elections Committee. Generally, the nominations process opens in October and remains open for 30 days. Elections typically begin in January and remain open for 30 days with results announced in March.

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