AIR Nominations and Elections

​The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association and sets its expectations for organizational accomplishment and conduct, periodically assessing organizational performance regarding these expectations. The Board of Directors represents the membership as a whole by ensuring that membership input is gathered and used in Board decision making. The Board has responsibility and authority for the Association’s fiscal controls and the conduct of an annual audit. The Board appoints a Board Secretary and Board Treasurer from its membership each term.

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.

​​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.

Find out why these leaders decided to serve AIR...​


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 his/her 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 all candidates (Vice President, Members-At-Large, and NEC members) 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.

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

Demonstrated organizational governance experience in employment, professional associations, or community associations. It is important that members of the Board of Directors have experience with governance. At the same time, it is understood that governance experience can be obtained in a variety of ways—at work, with state and regional associations, and with community or neighborhood associations.

Experience with fiduciary oversight. Members of the AIR Board of Directors have responsibility for overseeing the finances of the Association. This is not just the responsibility of the Treasurer, it is the responsibility of every Board member. As such, Board members should have experience overseeing finances.

Capable of being the voice for others. The AIR Board of Directors represents the voice of Association members. The Board accomplishes this by identifying trends in higher education that can influence institutional research and by helping to provide institutional researchers with the knowledge and abilities to cope with those trends.

Additional Information

​​​​​​​​​​​Video Testimonials​

C. Ellen Peters 2017-2018 AIR President

Glenn W. James 2016-2017 AIR President

Timothy Chow 2017-2018 Member-At-Large

Jessica Shedd 2017-2018 Member-At-Large