Hi, it’s Tom, and I’m here today to tell you about some proposed changes regarding the Elections process. We have used a Nominations Committee (NomCom) election process since 2011 and in the past four years have lengthened the amount of time for the overall election cycle, added additional “noise” in the form of emails asking our members to cast votes, and seen a decline in the overall number of ballots cast in elections.

As Immediate Past President (IPP) I have one assigned duty: to chair the NomCom. As Chair, I want to share with you some important changes to the Elections process that the Board is considering which aim to:

1. Improve the Nominations Committee process.
2. Increase the number of qualified Board candidates.
3. Increase the number of ballots cast in our elections.
4. Decrease the election process timeline.

To this end, the Board is preparing to vote on and approve an important change to the current NomCom process. This change does not require amendments to the by-laws.

In lieu of an election for the NomCom, we will ask for members interested in serving on the NomCom to complete a short one-page letter of interest outlining why they feel they are qualified to set election processes and screen candidates. Letters will be listed publicly on the Elections webpage so that the candidate pool will be known. The names of the proposed committee members will then be submitted to the Board for review and a vote of approval.

The final NomCom composition will aim to represent the seats coming up for election (i.e. a LATAM NomCom member during a year when there is a LATAM seat).

The biggest challenge with having appointments versus an election is the perception that the NomCom is seen as a private club. To help alleviate that concern, we propose the following guidelines for NomCom composition:

• the IPP serves as chair
• one sitting/former Board member
• two former NomCom members
• two new NomCom members

Lastly, no NomCom member will be allowed to serve more than three consecutive years. It is important that we make room for new voices, but it is equally important that the NomCom maintain a level of quality achieved by those persons who have served on the NomCom previously. We are looking to balance those two ideals.

What I’ve outlined here is the result of many conversations, over many years, with our members—including former NomCom members, former Elections Review Committee participants, and of course, Board members. I will be asking the Board of Directors to approve these changes during the March 10 meeting.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about these proposed changes, please leave them in the comments or email governance@sqlpass.org. Following this vote we will be having a dedicated Town Hall meeting on March 17 to talk about this change and other important priorities for the 2016 election cycle. I hope to see you there.

Thanks.

Thomas LaRock
Immediate Past President