2018 Elections

Candidate Information

The deadline for the receipt of candidate materials is September 25, 2017. Email the completed nominee form including completed questionnaire with vision statement, biographical information, photo, and letter of support from candidate's employer indicating employer's support for candidate's participation in the Board as described in the appropriate position description to Sheila Lee, AUTM Aministrative Director, slee@autm.net.  Download the candidate application form to submit a nomination.


Voting will be conducted electronically beginning October 16, 2017, and end on November 6, 2017, 5 pm (US Central Time). All AUTM members will be emailed their user ID, password and voting instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the deadline to submit nominations?
Deadline for the receipt of nomination materials is September 25, 2017. 


Will there be a nomination this year for President-elect?
No. That position has been retired and replaced by the Chair-elect role. Responsibilities formerly handled by the AUTM President have been moved to either AUTM's CEO or the Chair.  The Chair-elect is determined by the Board of Directors. For more information about Board roles, including the AUTM Chair, view the position descriptions


How will candidates be selected for this year's election?
The upcoming election this fall will be an open election for three Directors and one Treasurer. All Members who are interested and qualified to run for the Board will be placed on the ballot for voters' consideration. Every AUTM Board member elected during this and all future election cycles will be selected directly through a membership vote. 


How will the Board position of Chair be selected?
In February, 2018, the AUTM Board, comprised of both the returning and newly-elected members, will select a Chair from among its members by a majority vote, with the stipulations that (a) the Treasurer may not serve as Chair and (b) the Chair must be an individual “employed by an academic, teaching, governmental, or a non-profit entity,” as required in AUTM's bylaws. The Chair will serve a three-year term on the AUTM Board as Chair-elect, Chair, and Immediate Past Chair.


How will AUTM's Treasurer be selected?
The AUTM Treasurer will be chosen by the Membership in an open election.


How long do members of the Board typically serve?
Board terms are three years.


AUTM is currently seeking nominations for three (3) Directors and one (1) Treasurer.


Nomination Process

Each candidate must declare which position he or she is seeking. The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) will review all applications to ensure the candidates meet the published criteria. All qualified candidates will be submitted to the AUTM Board and added to the ballot.

The candidates will be selected by plurality of votes for each of the categories. 
  • Two thirds of the membership must be from academic technology transfer organizations;
  • Not more than one person from the same institution can serve on the Board at the same time; 
  • At least one Director serving on the Board must live and work outside of the United States; and
  • If the plurality of votes causes non-compliance, those candidates will not be selected to serve.

AUTM encourages all qualified members to consider responding with a nomination for either themselves or another potential candidate.

View AUTM's Policy on Nominations and Elections.
Review the AUTM Board's Rules of Conduct.

Key Election Dates

  • August 31, 2017
    Election rules announced to membership. Collection of candidate statements and bios begins.
  • September 25, 2017
    Deadline for receipt of candidate forms, including questionnaire, vision statement, biographical information, photo and letter of support from candidate's employer indicating employer's support for candidate's participation in the Board as described in the appropriate position description.  
  • October 16, 2017
    Electronic voting opens.
  • November 6, 2017
    Electronic voting closes at 5 pm (US Central Time).
  • November 7, 2017
​                 Elected candidates (including biographical information and vision statements) presented to AUTM membership. 
  • February 19, 2018    
    New Board of Directors inducted at AUTM Annual Meeting.

Additional Questions?

If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Steve Susalka, AUTM CEO, ssusalka@autm.net.