Call for 2014 AST Board Nominations

The AST Board Nomination Submission website is now closed.

Dr. Roslyn Mannon, Chair of the Governance Committee, invites AST members to submit nominations for qualified individuals to serve on the AST Board of Directors.

Open positions on the AST Board of Directors include the President-Elect, Treasurer (2 year term), and three Councilors-at-Large (three-year terms). The term of service begins with the rotation of the board at the annual members business meeting, or Town Hall, during the World Transplant Congress in San Francisco, California.

For a nomination to be seriously considered by the Governance Committee, the nominee should have had significant involvement in, and service to, the AST. The nominee should have demonstrated ability to think strategically, commit to working effectively within a collective decision-making body and have knowledge of or experience with governance. The Governance Committee will consider nominations in the context of the following:

  1. Basic leadership skills (not an ability to manage, but to lead)
  2. At least a three to five year horizon in thinking/commitment
  3. Ability to build teamwork among peers with different needs and interests
  4. Demonstrated, not just articulated, leadership abilities
  5. Examples of:
    • Moving people and/or an organization in the right direction
    • Ability to cultivate productive teamwork
    • Skillfully and creatively directing resources to accomplish objectives
  6. Can they effectively help direct the AST’s resources to achieve its goals and objectives?
  7. Can they guide the AST in the future?

In support of their nomination, nominees will be asked to demonstrate their consistent commitment to the AST by providing the committee with detailed information about their service. The ideal nominees will have typically:

  1. Been an AST member in good standing for a minimum of five years;
  2. Attended AST meetings (including the American Transplant Congress);
  3. And, served in a leadership position for AST: for example, as chair of an AST committee, COP, task group, program planning committee or advisory council.

Two reference letters detailing the nominee’s leadership abilities, as outlined above, are required to complete the nomination packet. Reference letters do not have to be from an AST member, but should be from someone who is familiar with the nominee's ability to lead. Reference letters must address each of the leadership questions posed above and include specific examples that demonstrate the attributes espoused by the nominee. Laudatory letters about the candidate’s stature in the field, research or clinical accomplishments, etc., are less helpful. The Governance Committee will give close attention to reference letters as nominees are vetted by the committee.

To ensure that the board’s composition is balanced and strengthened by differences among members regarding race, gender, age, professional and institutional disciplines, geographical regions and practice areas, the Governance Committee encourages nominations that will provide additional diversity on the board.

The AST is a complex organization. Board members are responsible for governance and policy setting. The board focuses on mission, strategic direction, organizational priorities, programs and financial oversight. The business of the AST is conducted through four face-to-face board meetings (2 days each) a year, as well as on monthly board conference calls. Board members are assigned to serve as board liaisons to one or more of the AST’s communities of practice, advisory councils and committees (“committees”). The board liaison is expected to participate on “committee” conference calls and serve as a conduit of information to and from the board. At times, there are also projects assigned to board members. The president’s time commitment is significant. The treasurer’s time commitment is slightly more than the councilor-at-large, but not as significant as the president’s time commitment. Financial expertise is helpful but not required. Given the demands of board service, nominees in each position will be asked to provide a description of how they will allocate the necessary time for board service in light of his or her current work demands.

Guiding principles for service on the AST Board of Directors must also be identified and implemented to avoid conflicts of interest. Nominees will be asked to disclose any potential conflicts of interest following submission of their nomination. Board nominations are discouraged from members serving on the Board of Directors for other societies with advanced organ failure and transplantation as their mission.