AIR Nominations and Elections

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association and represents the membership as a whole. With a strong focus on the future of and for institutional research, the Board gathers member input and ensures it is used in decision making. To enact those decisions, Board members develop and maintain a comprehensive set of policies that guide organizational actions. It is the Board’s responsibility to ensure that AIR achieves the purposes for which it exists while avoiding risk through a disciplined process of direction and a thorough system of monitoring performance against policy expectations.

The Nominations and Elections Committee develops a slate of candidates consisting of at least two individuals for each open position. An election is held annually with the winning candidates taking office at the AIR Forum. The Vice President and Board Members-At-Large serve three-year terms while the Nominations and Elections Committee members serve two-year terms. 

Nominations are now closed. Elections will open in February 2019.

​​Questions about Serving in a Leadership Role?

You may find A Guide for Prospective Board Members helpful in your thought process. This PDF document outlines AIR’s Board Governance System, aligns roles and requirements with skills, and lays out annual time commitments you can expect when serving in an AIR leadership role.​

You can also reach out directly to AIR Board and NEC members, who will be glad to answer your questions or share their insight.


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Vice President

The Vice President serves as vice chairperson of the Board of Directors and represents the President when the latter is unable to perform their duties. The Vice President succeeds to the office of President at the termination of the one-year term as Vice President. The term of office is three years - one as Vice President, one as President, and the third as Immediate Past President/NEC Chair.


Members-At-Large serve on the Board for three years. Members-At-Large along with the Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President are responsible for assuring successful Association performance of governance policies, regularly reviewing those policies, and discussing long term needs of the profession and the Association. Members-At-Large can also serve as Treasurer, Secretary, or Parliamentarian as well as on Board committees.

Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC)

This six-member committee, chaired by the Immediate Past President, prepares a slate of six candidates for the three positions on the NEC, six candidates for the three ​Member-At-Large Board positions, and two candidates for the position of Vice President. The NEC is responsible for ensuring the proper conduct of elections and reporting the results to the membership. The term of office is two years and three members are elected annually.

Characteristics of Board and NEC Candidates

The Board has identified characteristics that candidates should possess. These characteristics will be taken into account when the NEC prepares to submit a properly screened slate of candidates to the Board of Directors.

Board and NEC Candidates:

Current members of AIR with at least three prior years of membership – membership years do not need to be consecutive. Board members should have some knowledge of and experience with AIR. However, membership of ten or more years is not required. Newer members can make a contribution to AIR, the Board of Directors, and NEC.

Conceptual thinking. Grappling with broad or high-level issues and identifying underlying patterns or connections in the context of large group or organizational work.

Candor and courage in asserting a point of view. Sharing ideas, thoughts, and knowledge during board meetings.

Group consensus. Supporting the final decision of a group or organization unconditionally, regardless of personal differences with the final decision.

Decision making. Applying stated Board criteria in evaluating reports from the Executive Director; making informed, reasonable decision based on the criteria set forth in the Governance Policies, including the ability to make changes to those policies when necessary.

Active listening. Listening to and taking into account a variety of points of view and perspectives, even if (especially if) different from your own.

Group problem solving. Identifying potential solutions to collective issues and sharing and shaping those ideas among a diverse working group.

Representation and advocacy. Advocating on behalf of all association members. Discovering and promoting the interests of a group or cause, beyond one’s self-interest, for the greater good of the group or cause.

Governance model. Learning and abiding by the Carver Policy Governance model.

Board only

Group authority. Understanding that individual board members have no authority but form part of a very authoritative group; recognizing one’s role in representing the authority of the group and the acquiescent role of its individual members.

Future vision. Thinking about the future of institutional research. Enjoy focusing on the future of IR and its role in the higher education landscape; anticipating the value of the profession into the future.

NEC Only

Outreach. Reaching out to a wide range of candidates.

Representation. Attending to the recruitment of candidates who reflect the diversity of individuals and institutions represented by AIR.

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