Call for 2021 AST Board Nominations
Dr. Emily Blumberg, 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 Board of Directors include President-Elect, Secretary (two-year term), and three Councilors-at-Large (three-year terms). The term of service begins with the rotation of the Board at the Town Hall that will be held during the 2021 American Transplant Congress.
Completed nominations must be submitted to the AST National Office by 5:00 PM EST on Monday, November 30, 2020. Late nominations will not be accepted.
For a nomination to be seriously considered by the Governance Committee, the nominee should have 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:
- Basic leadership skills (not an ability to manage, but to lead).
- At least a three to five-year horizon in thinking/commitment.
- Ability to build teamwork among peers with different needs and interests.
- Demonstrated, not just articulated, leadership abilities
- 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.
- Ability to effectively help direct the AST’s resources to achieve its goals and objectives
- Ability to guide the AST in the future
Nominees will be asked to demonstrate consistent commitment to the AST by providing the committee with specific information confirming their service in their personal statement. The ideal nominee will have:
- Been an AST member in good standing for a minimum of five years;
- Attended AST meetings (including the American Transplant Congress);
- 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 in numbers 1-7, are required to complete the nomination packet. 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. Close attention will be given 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 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. Ideal candidates will be able to put aside specialty or constituency-based goals to focus on overall transplant and AST priorities. Desired qualities include:
- Accountability to yourself and the organization
- Passion for transplantation and the mission of the AST
- Focus on Society’s goals with a big picture view
- Supportive, but willing to express your own opinion
- Eagerness to participate at every meeting
- Willingness to prepare ahead for meetings
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 (COPs), advisory councils, and committees (“committees”). The Board liaison is expected to participate in 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 Secretary’s time commitment includes monthly calls, but is not as significant as the President’s time commitment. 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. To view the job descriptions for the President-Elect, Secretary, and Councilor-at-Large, and access nomination form, go to: Job Descriptions.
Guiding principles for service on the AST Board of Directors have also been implemented to avoid conflicts of interest. Nominees will be asked to disclose any potential conflicts of interest for review by the conflict of interest committee following submission of their nomination. The Governance Committee will review nominations for the following conflicts of interest:
- Nominees who currently serve on the ASTS, TTS or CST Councils are not eligible for simultaneous AST Board service.
- Nominees who currently serve as an officer on a professional medical society or transplant regulatory governing body are not eligible for simultaneous AST Board service.
- The Governance Committee will determine, on a case-by-case basis, the eligibility of nominees who currently serve in a non-officer position on a professional medical society or transplant regulatory governing body.
For more information on this process, click here.