Nominations and Elections Process


The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association and represents the membership as a whole. With a strong focus on the future of and for institutional research, the Board gathers member input and ensures it is used in decision making. To enact those decisions, Board members develop and maintain a comprehensive set of policies that guide organizational actions. It is the Board’s responsibility to ensure that AIR achieves the purposes for which it exists while avoiding risk through a disciplined process of direction and a thorough system of monitoring performance against policy expectations.

The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) develops a slate of candidates consisting of at least two individuals for each open position (shown below). 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 and three members are elected annually.

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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 their 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/NEC Chair.


Members-At-Large along with the Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President are responsible for assuring successful Association performance of governance policies, regularly reviewing those policies, and discussing long term needs of the profession and the Association. Members-At-Large can also serve as Treasurer, Secretary, or Parliamentarian as well as on 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 NEC, six candidates for the three Member-At-Large Board positions, and two candidates for the position of Vice President. The NEC is responsible for ensuring the proper conduct of elections and reporting the results to the membership.