Election Center 2018Welcome to the 2018 Board Election Center website. Please visit for the latest news, updates, candidate information, and forms regarding the 2018 Academy Board Elections.
Board Election Concludes
Thank you to the 12% of Academy members who cast their votes in the online election for four candidates for open regular director positions on the Academy Board of Directors. Voting wrapped up last week. The new directors will be Lauren Cavanaugh, Andy Ferris, Tim Geddes, and Kenneth Kasner. All of the new directors’ terms will begin after the Academy’s Annual Meeting of the membership on Nov. 1.
Online Election for Regular Directors Underway
Online voting is underway for regular director positions on the Academy’s Board for a term starting on Nov. 1 at the close of the Academy’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., as part of the 2018 Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum. (See Aug. 7 post announcing candidates, below, for information on the candidates.) All Academy members eligible as of the Aug. 3 voting eligibility cutoff date should have received an email today, Aug. 17, from our election vendor, Intelliscan (firstname.lastname@example.org); those without an email address will receive the ballot by regular mail. If you haven’t seen the email, please check your junk-mail folder. The voting period will close on Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If you need help with or have questions about your ballot, send an email to Keith Weir (email@example.com). We encourage members to take part in electing the newest leaders of the Academy who will help us fulfill our mission to serve the public and the U.S. actuarial profession.
Academy Announces Slate of Officer Nominees for Board of Directors
The Academy’s Nominating Committee has nominated four individuals for officer positions on the Academy Board of Directors, with terms beginning in November. In addition to D. Joeff Williams, who was nominated in April (as announced in Actuarial Update) to serve as the Academy’s next president-elect, the nominees are:
- Tom Campbell, to serve a third year as the Academy’s secretary-treasurer, a position that is elected annually by the Board for up to three consecutive terms; Tom is also a member of the Committee on Qualifications and a former Vice President, Life;
- Lisa Slotznick, to serve as Vice President, Casualty; Lisa is currently in her second year of a three-year term as a regular director;
- Audrey Halvorson, former Board member and vice chairperson of the Health Practice Council, to serve as Vice President, Health; and
- Art Panighetti, to serve as Vice President, Professionalism. Art is a former Academy Treasurer, and a former Vice President, Life.
Vice presidents serve two-year terms on the Academy’s Board. The nominating process is designed to ensure that all candidates bring deep expertise, experience, and balance to the Board, and also significant knowledge of the Academy’s history, mission, and priorities.
Per the Academy’s bylaws, this slate will be voted on by the Board at its annual meeting in October. Terms will begin at the completion of the Academy’s Annual Meeting, to be held Nov. 1 in Washington, D.C., as part of the 2018 Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum.
Academy Announces Slate of Regular Directors and Online Election Dates
The Academy's Nominating Committee has announced a slate of four candidates to serve as regular directors on the Academy Board of Directors to be voted on by the membership in an online election in August. The nominees are:
- Lauren Cavanaugh, chairperson of the Property and Casualty Risk-Based Capital Committee.
- Andy Ferris, chairperson of the Contingent Annuity Work Group.
- Tim Geddes, Board member (2017-18) and chairperson of the Pension Accounting Resource Group.
- Kenneth Kasner, chairperson of the Actuarial Standards Board’s Casualty Committee.
The Academy membership will vote on the slate of regular director candidates during an online election to be held from Aug. 17 to Aug. 31. All Academy members as of the voting eligibility cutoff date—Aug. 3—will receive voting instructions and ballots by mail or email.
Incoming directors’ terms will begin on Nov. 1 at the close of the Academy’s Annual Meeting of the membership in Washington.
Aug. 3, 2018
Members should be on the lookout for an email on Aug. 7 from Intelliscan, the Academy’s election vendor, announcing that information regarding election of regular directors for the Academy Board will be sent to them soon. This email will come from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to add this email address to your safe senders list and to check your spam folder after Aug. 7 to make sure you receive the election email. We encourage you to take part in electing the newest leaders of the Academy who will help us fulfill our mission to serve the public and the U.S. actuarial profession.
March 30, 2018
Regular directors are elected to the Academy Board of Directors by the Academy membership in an online election during the summer from a slate of candidates presented by the Academy’s Nominating Committee. The committee will meet over the coming month to identify new candidates for regular directors in accordance with the Nominating Committee Guidelines.
The Academy holds uncontested elections. Some will recall that the Board experimented several years ago with contested elections for regular director seats over a two- or three-year period, as a means of testing a voting tradition that some other actuarial associations have. After several years of the experiment, the Board made a decision three years ago to reaffirm the longstanding Academy process of holding uncontested elections.
The Academy’s Nominating Committee tries to ensure that the Academy’s Board composition reflects our unique position as the U.S. national organization established to include actuaries from all practice areas—as well as an equitable distribution among actuarial specialties, business affiliations, and employers. To achieve such a balance, the Academy’s nominating process has long relied primarily on a Nominating Committee process that entrusts that committee with identifying Academy volunteers whose service to the Academy has made them an excellent candidate for service on our Board, which is dedicated to furthering our public policy and professionalism mission. The committee carefully vets candidates for appropriateness in accordance with the guidelines. The Nominating Committee looks for candidates for regular directors who have served the Academy, often through having been chairpersons on Academy committees and task forces. In addition, the Nominating Committee welcomes input from the membership at large—through this announcement, the Nominating Committee is asking you directly for submission of any recommendations you want to ask them to consider for regular director candidates.
The nominating process is designed to ensure that all candidates bring deep expertise and experience, and also significant knowledge of the Academy’s history, mission, and priorities.
Please share your recommendation by submitting the member’s name and information here in the Academy Board Election Center no later than May 15, 2018. Results of the nominating process will be announced in future publications, including This Week and Actuarial Update.
Academy members are invited to nominate themselves or others for consideration as a candidate to be a regular director on the Academy’s Board of Directors. Simply submit your nomination to the Academy’s Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee may also be reaching out directly to members and asking them to seek election to the Board as a regular director.