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2010 Election Slate



Carla Summers and Gregor Trinkaus-Randall Vie for SAA Vice Presidency


The Nominating Committee has slated the following SAA members as candidates for office in the 2010 election:

Vice President/President-Elect

Carla Summers, Archives, Records Management and Special Collections Library Consulting
Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Council Members

Geof Huth, New York State Archives
Donna McCrea, University of Montana
Nancy McGovern, Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Dennis Meissner, Minnesota Historical Society
Kaye Lanning Minchew, Troup County Historical Society and Archives
Kate Theimer, Archives Next

Nominating Committee

Maria Estorino, University of Miami
Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, University of Chicago
Cory Nimer, Brigham Young University
Rosemary Pleva Flynn, University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center
Arian Ravanbakhsh, National Archives and Records Administration
Mark Shelstad, University of Texas at San Antonio

The candidate elected vice president will serve a one-year term beginning in August 2010 and will then become SAA’s 67th president in 2011–2012. There are three available seats on the Council. Those elected will serve three-year terms beginning in August and running through the SAA Annual Meeting in August 2013. In addition, the three candidates elected to the 2011 Nominating Committee will serve one-year terms beginning immediately.

Any eligible member of SAA can be placed on the ballot by submitting a petition signed by 50 individual members. Petitions must be received at SAA headquarters in Chicago by February 10, 2010. Voters may also write-in candidates on the ballot.

All candidates are asked to respond to a question regarding their potential position. Candidates’ responses to the questions will be posted online, along with their biographical information. This year those questions are:

Vice President / President-Elect: What is your vision for the Society of American Archivists?  Describe how you will help SAA achieve this vision, who you will work with, and what specific objectives you feel we must achieve, particularly in terms of the Society's top three strategic priorities.

Council Member: Transparent decision-making is vital in representative governance. How would you make the SAA Council's activities more transparent to the SAA membership?

Nominating Committee: How might the Nominating Committee best identify a generation of new leaders from a wide range of backgrounds to move the Society into the more diverse, technological, and interactive 21st century?  What strategies and tactics should the Society undertake to cultivate a new generation of leadership?

These questions were developed by this year’s Nominating Committee — Amy Cooper Cary (chair), Bruce Ambacher, Terry Baxter, Daniel Santamaria, and Diane Vogt-O’Connor.

“I would like to thank the members of the Nominating Committee for their efforts during the evaluation and selection process,” said Amy Cooper Cary. “The process and the slate benefited from their commitment to honest discussion, their persistence, and their hard work.”

Ballot Mailing and Deadline
Candidate statements will be posted at by February. SAA members then will cast their votes online in March. For the second year, SAA is partnering with Votenet Solutions, a leading provider of secure online voting software for nonprofit associations.