Changing the PASS NomCom Process
Recently, PASS Immediate Past President Tom LaRock posted on the PASS blog about changes to the process by which members of the PASS Nomination Committee (NomCom) are chosen.
Previously, NomCom membership has been an elected position, which has necessitated another election each year prior to the PASS Board of Directors election. I very much agree that this generates "additional noise" in the PASS election cycle, and could also contribute to lower voter turnout during the Board of Directors election. There apparently is also a perception that the NomCom is seen as "a private club". I can't say I've ever felt that way myself, but everyone is entitled to an opinion.
As a result, Tom has proposed the following changes:
- Replacing the NomCom election with appointments by the Board of Directors; anyone can apply for consideration
- New guidelines for the composition of the NomCom
- Term limits: No NomCom member can serve more than three consecutive years
Personally, I agree with these changes. The NomCom serves an important purpose, but I'm not sure it warrants its own election. I think these changes will help PASS in the future, especially if voter turnout increases for the board election.
For more details, check out the blog post. Tom says these proposed changes are up for a board vote at the March 10 meeting, and there will be a town hall meeting on March 17 to discuss these changes as well as the upcoming 2016 elections.
UPDATE (16 March 2016): The proposed changes have been approved. Those wishing to be considered for the 2016 NomCom can submit letters of interest until Wednesday, 23 March 2016.