May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Reflections on Nominations Process

March 2013 Volume XLVIX Number 2

 As Ive completed my last official responsibility as an officer of the AAPD, serving as chair of the 2013 Nominations Committee, Ive been asked to give a brief report of my thoughts on the AAPD nominations process.

To understand just how far this process has evolved to its current status today, one needs to go back to the year Dr. Jasper Lewis was president of the AAPD. It was in 1998 that the Nominations Committee was first expanded from just having three past presidents of the AAPD and the past president of the ABPD as its members to include a representative from each of the six districts. In 2010, the newly seated AAPD board of trustees tasked Dr. Beverly Largent with putting together new guidelines and procedures that has greatly enhanced and improved the nominations process.

There are two aspects of the new nominations process that are the most significant that I would like to especially highlight. The first is the addition of a representative from each of the six districts. This was huge! Initially though, not all the districts took this seriously and did not always impress upon the individuals selected the importance and enormity of their responsibilities to select the best possible individuals to serve as the AAPDs leaders. With time and the implementation  of additional guidelines and procedures in the nominating process, this has changed and currently, I believe all the districts have excellent individuals serving on the Nominations Committee who do take the process seriously and thoughtfully.

The second aspect of the new nominations process that Id like to highlight is the addition of the candidate interviews. Given the quality of all the candidates, this addition of the interview allows the Nominations Committee members the opportunity to pose questions to the individual candidates. This allows the committee members to better evaluate and differentiate the differences between the candidates beyond their C.V.s and written essays. Observing the candidates’ ability to answer questions spontaneously can greatly help committee members determine a hoa candidate might perform when faced with future situations as an officer of the AAPD.

The improvements of the nominations process and the leadership development initiatives put into place by visionary leaders like Drs. David Curtis and Jerry Miller, first with our Leadership Institute through Kellogg/ Northwestern and now an Advanced Leadership Institute through Wharton/University of Pennsylvania, has placed the AAPD in an enviable position of having a very robust cadre of potential candidates at any given time for the Nominations Committee to consider as officers of the AAPD! Now, not only is there an abundance of qualified individuals, the process by which these individuals are vetted through the nominations process is much more transparent and fair. In speaking with both the current committee members and the most recent cadre of candidates, all agree that the new process is a significant improvement.

In closing this chapter of my duties as an officer of the AAPD, I’m pleased to havbeen a part of  this process and know that this process, which will continue to evolve over time, has established a great framework to continue to serve the AAPD well in the years to come as new officers are selected.

Dr. John Liu Issaquah, Wash.