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AGA Seeks 2018-2019 Leadership Nominations

June 26, 2017

Nominations are due Oct. 1, 2017; you can nominate yourself or one of your colleagues.

The AGA Nominating Committee, chaired by Timothy C. Wang, MD, AGAF, is in the midst of identifying candidates for the offices of vice president, clinical research councillor, practice councillor, as well as 10 nominees on the 2018-2019 AGA Nominating Committee.

AGA members are encouraged to submit nominations to ensure that the most qualified and committed candidates are selected to serve next year. Qualified nominees must be current AGA members for a minimum of five years (with the exception of those nominated who are within 10 years of completing their GI fellowship training in either private practice or basic or clinical research in an academic setting), and have had prior or current involvement or service in AGA activities. Diversity in nominations is sought. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 1, 2017. Nominations submitted prior to the deadline are encouraged.

Each member may nominate only one person per available position (vice president, clinical research councillor and practice councillor), and up to 10 nominations for members of the nominating committee.

Officers and councillors on the AGA Institute Governing Board and members of the current nominating committee are prohibited from proposing, supporting or endorsing candidates for nomination.

Only full members may be considered for vice president and councillor. Additionally, only full members or senior members (with the exception of those nominated who are within 10 years of completing their GI fellowship training in either private practice, or basic or clinical research in an academic setting) may be considered for the nominating committee. Current and prior nominating committee members are not eligible to serve on the committee again for five years.

Letters of support from members are limited to two per nominee and should be no longer than three pages in length. The letters should not summarize the nominee's curriculum vitae, but should address the nominee's personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses.

Nominate yourself or one of your colleagues. Nominations should be submitted to the AGA National Office via emailThe deadline for receipt of nominations is Oct. 1, 2017. The committee chair will contact nominees to determine interest and willingness to serve, and to request CVs.

Vice President: The AGA Institute vice president is elected for a one-year term and succeeds automatically to the office of president-elect, the office of president, and then to past president, serving one year in each office. In the absence of both the president and president-elect, the vice president would preside at meetings of the AGA Institute Governing Board. The vice president serves as a liaison to assigned committee(s) focusing on a specific goal of AGA's Strategic Plan (throughout the four-year tenure). The vice president also serves as a member of the AGA Finance and Operations Committee and Executive Compensation Committee, and as an ex officio member of the AGA Governing Board.

Councillors: AGA/AGA Institute councillors are elected from membership for three-year terms. Councillors are directors of  AGA and AGA Institute and hence, are responsible for managing and overseeing the activities of AGA and AGA Institute. Councillors also serve as liaisons to assigned committee(s) focusing on a specific goal of the strategic plan. Further, the clinical research councillor shall be actively engaged in clinical research in a health-care institution, and be responsible for representing the views of this constituency at AGA/AGA Institute Governing Board meetings. The practice councillor shall be either a private practice physician or an employed practice physician, and be responsible for representing the views of this constituency at AGA/AGA Institute Governing Board meetings.

AGA Nominating Committee: AGA Nominating Committee members serve for one year and are responsible for selecting future officers and councillors for the AGA/AGA Institute as well as the members who are placed on the ballot for election to the AGA Nominating Committee for the following year. The AGA Nominating Committee is comprised of 12 members:

  • The chair (chair of the AGA Governing Board, non-voting except in the instance of a tie) 
  • The AGA Institute president (non-voting) 
  • Six members elected from a ballot of 10 candidates to include a member who is within 10 years of completing his or her fellowship training in private practice, or in basic or clinical research in an academic setting  
  • Four members selected by the AGA Governing Board

Practice members, and members who are within 10 years of completing their GI fellowship training in private practice, or in basic or clinical research in an academic setting, are encouraged to apply.