Interested in Board Membership?
Serving on the NAMS Board for one or more three-year terms is among the best ways in which NAMS members can make a significant contribution to their society — especially where policy setting and new directions are concerned. Participation as a Board member is a rewarding and manageable way to impact the future of NAMS, to promote membrane science and technology, and to work with some great people. Whereas NAMS once ran on the “sweat equity” of its founders and original Board members, this responsibility now falls on the shoulders of the membership at large. Please consider serving NAMS in this capacity.
Responsibilities of a NAMS Director
The Board meets formally for a one-day session two times a year — once at the NAMS annual meeting and then again six months later. However, much of the real work takes place between these formal meetings. For example, Board members typically sit on one or more standing or ad hoc committees, and they frequently take lead roles in pursuing new initiatives and/or organizing our Annual Meetings. The executive officers of NAMS (i.e., its President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are chosen by the Board from its members.
Nominations and Election Procedures
NAMS By-Laws specify that there be at least one more candidate than the number of open positions (usually three or four) and that a candidate’s nomination be supported with the signatures of five current members. Supporting signatures may be obtained and submitted any time up until the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. Soon thereafter, candidates submit half-page statements containing a brief biography and summary of their vision for NAMS for distribution along with the election ballots. Successful candidates take office at the conclusion of the Annual meeting of the subsequent year.