By April 1, 2020, please propose a name of an IBHA member to run for one of the open seats on the IBHA Board of Directors. The proposal may include a brief statement about the potential nominee. When a name is posted, 10% of the IBHA membership must reply to the proposal with their endorsement by May 1, 2020 in order for that person to become a candidate. To endorse a person, once a name is posted, please “reply” to that name and record your own as an endorser.

The members of the IBHA Board of Directors hold staggered three year terms. Each year, a few seats become open. Since the IBHA was founded, there have been a number of Board members who have cycled off the Board, a number of new people who have joined it, and a number who have stayed on. In the interest of fostering both continuity, change, stability, and inclusivity, the IBHA selects Board candidates in two ways:

(1) IBHA members identify names and (2) the existing Board proposes a list of names.

Between now and April 1, 2020, IBHA members may log on to the IBHA website at click on “Forum,” “IBHA Discussions,” and “IBHA Board of Directors Nominations,” and post the names of any members they recommended for Board membership. Nominees who are endorsed by at least 10% of IBHA membership before May 1, 2020 will become candidates. By May 1, the IBHA Board will have discussed and decided on its list of candidates. All the candidates will be announced by May 1.

As a result of this process, the candidates for the IBHA Board of Directors for five open seats will be on the ballot for the elections that will take place from June 1 to July 1, 2020. The new Board members’ terms will run from August 6, 2020 and for the following three years. The new board members will be announced after the election.

Lucy B. Laffitte
Vice President, International Big History Association