2017–2019 Board Elections

IDSA’s Nominations Committee has worked hard in the past several weeks speaking with interested Board and Committee candidates for this year’s election. The committee recently presented the formal slate of candidates to the Board of Directors and received unanimous endorsement to proceed with a vote by IDSA members. The Board is pleased to present you with this Board/Committee slate of candidates as defined below.

Additionally, this year, members will be asked to approve a series of important Bylaws changes. In the past 18 months, a Governance Task Force, appointed by IDSA Board of Directors Chair John Barratt, researched best practices in non-profit governance and carefully constructed recommendations, big and small, for consideration by the Board. An overview of some of the Board-endorsed proposed changes can be found below the candidate’s information.

Per IDSA's Bylaws, this slate and proposed Bylaws changes will be posted for 30 days.  Elections are scheduled March 9 through March 24.  All professional members in good standing and eligible to vote will be sent instructions (electronically) when voting opens. If you have questions about the election or the voting process, please email IDSA Director of Operations Jerry Layne. If you have questions about the proposed Bylaws changes, please contact IDSA Executive Director Daniel Martinage, CAE.

Secretary/Treasurer

Serving as an Officer of the Society and a member of the Board's Executive Committee, the Secretary/Treasurer oversees the Society’s funds and records and ensures that proper accounting procedures are followed.

At-Large Director

The At-Large Director represents the general interests of the Society and the membership-at-large. He/she consults, investigates and researches such matters affecting the profession and provides such information and reports to the Board as requested or as deemed advisable.

Specific for the 2017-2019 term, the At-Large Director will be given an IDEA portfolio. He/she will support the IDEA program and lead its task force as it develops recommendations for growing an already successful program.  

Chapter Director

The Chapter Director promotes, monitors and nurtures chapters and represents chapters interests on the Board of Directors.  This role is responsible for cultivating opportunities for relationships among chapters, sections and education.

Midwest District Chapter Representative

The new District Chapter Representative positions, for ease of simplicity, have been coined "super chapter chairs." Each district's representative will focus on fostering the growth of chapters in their region; mentoring chapter officers; creating connections between chapters; and engaging members who live "in between" chapters. Each representative will serve on the newly established Districts Committee which is chaired by the Chapter Director.

South District Chapter Representative

The new District Chapter Representative positions, for ease of simplicity, have been coined "super chapter chairs." Each district's representative will focus on fostering the growth of chapters in their region; mentoring chapter officers; creating connections between chapters; and engaging members who live "in between" chapters. Each representative will serve on the newly established Districts Committee which is chaired by the Chapter Director.

West District Chapter Representative

The new District Chapter Representative positions, for ease of simplicity, have been coined "super chapter chairs." Each district's representative will focus on fostering the growth of chapters in their region; mentoring chapter officers; creating connections between chapters; and engaging members who live "in between" chapters. Each representative will serve on the newly established Districts Committee which is chaired by the Chapter Director.

Bylaw Changes

Bylaws - Red-Lined
Bylaws - Clean Version
Board & Committee Structure (graphic)

Increase Professional Diversity and Expertise on the Board

Proposal

  1. Appoint a non-voting body to advise the Board;
  2. Advisors will have professional expertise in areas outside of ID;
  3. The required expertise is subject to change over time based on the needs of the organization.

Justification

Professional associations represent a single industry; IDSA represents industrial designers. Having a singular expertise represented on a Board excludes other important areas of expertise, which could unintentionally hinder the decision-making process.

Redesign the District Vice President (DVP) Position

Proposal

  1. Shift the five (5) DVP seats from the Board of Directors to a newly-created Districts Committee (chaired by the Chapter Director on the Board); eliminate their dual role and narrow their focus to the greatest need: fostering the growth and development of Chapters.
  2. Chapter representation would be consolidated at the Board level through the Chapter Director and district representation would occur at the committee level. The DVP title would be renamed to District Chapter Representative (consistent with established titles like District Education Representative).

General Info (not in the Bylaws): Standardize DDCs across all regions resulting in more consistent conference experiences to reduced burden on staff, volunteers and financial resources. A conferences committee would be established and be responsible for strategic intent and concept of the conference experience across all IDSA conferences; planning bodies for each conference/conference type would also be formally instituted.

Should these Bylaws not pass: Candidates for the District Chapter Representative positions have been informed that they will become DVPs on the Board for their respective region.

Justification

Chapters are the “heart and soul” of IDSA and they need more direct support at the national level.

Realign Board Term Cycle with Fiscal Year

Proposal

Realign Board term cycle from May-April to Jan-Dec; Board terms would be adjusted over the next three (3) years to complete alignment by Jan. 2020.

Should these Bylaws not pass: Board terms will remain on the May-April cycle.

Justification

  • Board terms were changed several years ago primarily for planning purposes surrounding the DDCs; the new planning model noted above decreases the relevance of the current Board cycle.
  • Board Terms are not aligned with IDSA’s fiscal year (calendar year) and create a lack of continuity between Board goals (as carried out by staff) and financial goals.

Change Vice President Titles to Director

Proposal

Change Board titles from VP to Director.

Should these Bylaws not pass: Appropriate titles for the Board will remain Vice President.

Justification

IDSA has a Board of Directors so it only makes sense that positions on the Board are titled Director, not VP.