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IPA Board of Directors Elections 2017


Candidate Materials Due 1 May 2017

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Board of Directors of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA). The Board of Directors guides IPA, positioning it as a world leader in the field of psychogeriatrics. Members of the Board:

  • Determine the future of IPA
  • Oversee current IPA events and initiatives
  • Evaluate proposals for new programs and services
  • Promote membership growth
  • Expand IPA’s relationships with industry and other associations
  • Represent the interests of all IPA members

General Information

The International Psychogeriatric Association is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 11 members. In addition to the five officer positions, there are six additional Directors. Each Director is elected by the voting membership to a 4-year term. Directors are eligible to serve a maximum of two terms. In order to encourage geographic diversity, no more than two members of the Board of Directors may be from each country.

There are three seats open for election on the Board of Directors. Those elected to these seats will serve a term from 2017-2021. The term begins and ends following the International Congress each year. Those elected will be required to attend the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Conference 2017 in Queenstown, New Zealand which will take place 8-11 November 2017.

In order to encourage diversity the IPA Bylaws prohibit more than two persons from each country from serving on the IPA Board of Directors. Since there are already two members each on the Board of Directors from the United States, no candidates will be accepted from those countries. In addition only one candidate may be elected from each of the following countries: Australia, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Japan, P.R. China, and Spain. If multiple candidates from one of these countries receive enough votes to be elected, the candidate with the greatest number of votes will become a member of the Board of Directors. All persons seeking to run for the Board of Directors must be current members of IPA and remain members through the end of their term.

Board of Directors Responsibilities

Members elected to the IPA Board of Directors are expected to:

  • Attend all Board meetings via conference call, and participate by preparing for and contributing to the meeting. In addition Board members are expected to attend at least one IPA meeting per year. Travel and expenses for meetings are not funded by IPA.
  • Actively dedicate a minimum of 40 additional hours per year to leading IPA.
  • Contribute to policy and strategy development and decision-making.
  • Participate on committees or task forces when appropriate and assigned.
  • Advance the mission, vision, and goals of IPA in their country.
  • Encourage colleagues to become IPA members.
  • Advise the Board of Directors on matters of importance within their country and region.
  • Serve as a liaison with organizations similar to IPA in their country and region in order to develop mutually beneficial relationships and affiliation to IPA.
  • Expand IPA’s relationships with Pharma and New Markets.
  • Maintain membership in good standing by regularly paying dues.

Nomination and Voting

Nominees must be IPA members in good standing prior to the nominations deadline (1 May 2017) and must maintain their membership throughout the election. Nominations may come from the voting membership at large or from the Board of Directors. Any member meeting the eligibility requirements may propose his/her own candidacy or may be nominated by other members in good standing. Two letters of recommendation are required to support each nomination.

Current board members who are eligible for a second term and who wish to seek reelection are required to submit their candidate information, but need not seek new letters of recommendation. The extent of a Board member’s involvement in IPA and attendance at IPA meetings will be given serious consideration by the Executive Committee in evaluating candidates who wish to seek reelection.

Credentials of prospective nominees will be reviewed and evaluated by the Executive Committee which is responsible for ensuring that a sufficient number of qualified candidates are available for election. It is the sole responsibility of the Executive Committee to recommend a proposed slate of nominees to the Board of Directors for its approval.

IPA voting members will have access to an Election Packet containing information about all candidates, as well as voting instructions and a ballot. Voting will be conducted via fax or the IPA Members Area on the IPA website (

Application Materials

Prospective nominees will be considered when the following information has been submitted to the IPA Secretariat. All materials must be received by 1 May 2017 in order for a nominee to be considered.

Board of Directors Nomination Form
Prospective nominees must complete the entire form. Those returning incomplete forms will not be considered for nomination.

Statement of Intent
The Statement of Intent should include your reasons for wishing to become a member of the IPA Board of Directors, a description of your professional goals and contributions to IPA, and a description of any specific skills and experience that will allow you to contribute to the growth and improvement of IPA. Please note that your Statement of Intent will be made available to all voting members in the Election Packet.

Biographical Sketch
Please provide a brief biographical sketch outlining your career/professional highlights. This will be included in the Election Packet and will be posted on the IPA website if you are elected to the Board of Directors.

List of Memberships and Offices held in other Organizations
All persons wishing to become a nominee for the Board of Directors must disclose their participation in other organizations, especially any offices held during the upcoming term on the IPA Board of Directors.

Curriculum Vitae
Short form, maximum three pages.

Please provide a professional photograph of yourself (.jpg format preferred) for inclusion in the Election Packet and on the IPA website.

Two Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should come from recognized leaders of local and/or regional professional organizations and/or individuals in IPA leadership positions. Letters should indicate support for the applicant’s candidacy for the IPA Board of Directors. One letter should come from a colleague within the prospective nominee’s country, and the other letter should come from a colleague in another country.

Application Submission Instructions

Prospective nominees should submit all materials, excluding letters of recommendation, to the IPA Secretariat as via email at Please use “IPA BOD Prospective Nominee” as the subject line.

Letters of Recommendation should be sent directly to the IPA Secretariat via email, fax, or post by their authors. It is the responsibility of each prospective nominee to ensure that the letters of recommendation reach the IPA Secretariat by the 1 May deadline.

International Psychogeriatric Association
555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: +1 414 918 9889
Fax: +1 414 276 3349

All materials must be received by the IPA Secretariat
no later than Monday, 1 May 2017.

Any materials received after that date cannot be accepted.


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