Election Center 2019
Welcome to the 2019 Board Election Center website. Please visit for the latest news, updates, candidate information, and forms regarding the 2019 Academy Board Elections.
August 29, 2019
Board Election Concludes
Thank you to all the Academy members who cast their votes in the online election for the four candidates for open regular director positions on the Academy Board of Directors. Voting wrapped up last week with a slightly higher percentage of members voting than in last year’s election, with 12.28% of those voting who were eligible. The newly elected directors will be Kenneth Kasner, Barbara Klever, Frank Todisco, and Aaron Weindling. All of the terms will begin after the Academy’s Annual Meeting of the membership on Nov. 5.
August 8, 2019
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. 5 at the close of the Academy’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., as part of the 2019 Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum. All Academy members eligible as of the July 19 voting eligibility cutoff date should have received an email today, Aug. 8, from our election vendor, Intelliscan (email@example.com); 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. 23 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
As mentioned in last month’s Actuarial Update (July 2019), the Academy tries to ensure that the 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 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. (See July 17 post announcing candidates, below, for information on the candidates.)
If you need help with or have questions about your ballot, send an email to Keith Weir (firstname.lastname@example.org). For other questions, please contact Kasha Shelton, Academy assistant director of membership relations/administration, at 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.
July 23, 2019
Election Update: Members to Receive E-mail Regarding Election Information on July 26
Members should be on the lookout for an email on July 26 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 July 26 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to add this email address to your safe senders list and to check your spam folder after July 26 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.
July 17, 2019
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 Thomas A. Campbell, who was nominated in April (as announced in Actuarial Update, June 2019) to serve as the Academy’s next president-elect, the nominees are:
- Cathy Murphy-Barron to serve to serve as secretary-treasurer, a position that is elected annually by the Board for up to three consecutive one-year terms. Murphy-Barron is a former vice president, health.
- Laura Hanson, to serve as vice president, life. Hanson is a member of the Life Practice Council and chairperson of the Life Products Committee and the Life and Health Valuation Law Manual Task Force,
- Tim Geddes to serve as vice president, pension. Geddes is a current Board member and a member of the Pension Practice Council and the Pension Committee.
- Gareth Kennedy to be vice president, risk management and financial reporting. Kennedy is a member of the Risk Management and Financial Reporting Council and chairperson of the Financial Reporting Committee.
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 September . Terms will begin at the completion of the Academy’s Annual Meeting, to be held Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C., as part of the 2019 Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum.
July 17, 2019
Academy Announces Slate of Regular Directors
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:
- Kenneth Kasner, a member of the Board of Directors (2018-2019), member of the Casualty Practice Council and former chairperson of the Actuarial Standards Board’s Casualty Committee
- Barbara Klever, a member of the Health Practice Council and chairperson of the Academy’s Individual and Small Group Markets Committee
- Frank Todisco, a former Academy senior pension fellow, a past member and vice chairperson of the Actuarial Standards Board
- Aaron Weindling, a member of the Pension Practice Council and chairperson of the Financial Economics Resource Group
The Academy membership will vote on the slate of regular director candidates during an online election to be held in August. All Academy members as of the voting eligibility cutoff date will receive voting instructions and ballots by mail or email.
Incoming directors’ terms will begin on Nov. 5 at the close of the Academy’s Annual Meeting of the membership in Washington.
February 28, 2019
It’s Time to Nominate Academy Regular Directors
It’s time to share your recommendations for Academy regular directors, who are elected to the Academy Board of Directors by Academy membership in an online election from a slate of candidates presented by the Academy’s Nominating Committee. The committee will meet in the coming weeks to identify new candidates for regular directors in accordance with the criteria provided in the Nominating Committee Guidelines.
“Presenting a slate of candidates who will advance the Academy’s mission starts with nominations by members who’ve directly seen their colleagues’ talents, experience, and leadership abilities being used to serve the Academy in our public policy and professionalism committees,” said past Academy President Bob Beuerlein, chairperson of the Nominating Committee. “Making the Academy’s Nominating Committee aware of the exceptional individuals you know and the qualities you believe make them suited to serve the Academy through Board service is the critical first step in ensuring the Academy will continue to have effective leadership to serve the U.S. profession and the public.”
Please share your recommendation by submitting the member’s name and information on the nomination page no later than May 1, 2019. Results of the nominating process will be announced in future publications of This Week and Actuarial Update. Academy members are invited to nominate themselves or others for consideration.
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 subsequently made a decision 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.