As the Academy serves to strengthen and improve government at all levels, nationally and internationally, each year we ask each Fellow to identify and recommend candidates of distinction with the willingness and ability to contribute work and wisdom to this important mission. The annual nomination and election of new Fellows to the Academy is one of our most vital membership activities, strengthening the Academy for future generations of governance.
We further ask that Fellows recognize the fundamental importance of diversity in the pool of distinguished Fellows to achieve the objectives and purposes for which the Academy was created. 2020 Fellow Nominations will open in February of 2020.
Please discuss the Academy with your proposed candidate. We are seeking candidates who are able and would like to contribute effort and expertise to the accomplishment of our important mission.
The Nomination Timeline:
Nominations open on February 2020
Nominations will close on April 2020
The Fellows Nominating Committee will meet in May to finalize a slate of nominees. They will send that slate to the Academy's President and CEO and the Board of Directors.
In June the final slate of nominees will be announced and candidates will be notified of whether they made the slate. Voting will then open for the Fellowship.
Voting will close in August and nominees will notified of their election status in September.
Fellows may submit up to five proposed candidates and you may seek up to two Fellows who can second your nomination. We ask that you take care to explain how your candidate meets the criteria for election and why the person should be elected. For example, previous participation in the Academy’s work or other efforts to strengthen the quality of government delivery affecting more than one government entity would be highly relevant. Election must be based on the willingness and capacity of the candidate to contribute effort and expertise to the accomplishment of our important mission.
Please give special care to the Recommender’s statement, which may be written in the form of a paragraph or using bulleted statements. This statement is particularly important because traditionally it has been used to prepare the paragraph describing the nominee in the ballot mailed to Fellows. Merely summarizing the previous information gives neither the Committee nor the Fellows additional insight into why the candidate would become a valuable Fellow.
Nominating Committee Assessment
Each candidate will be interviewed by telephone by a Committee member before the Committee meets to recommend its nominees to the Fellowship for election. Election ballots will be provided to all Fellows electronically in early August.
The Academy Bylaws list several foundational qualifications that are essential for membership:
Based on the Academy’s strategic plan, the Board is particularly interested in adding to our membership Fellows with the following skills and attributes: