2021-22 AST Board Nominations

The nomination period for the 2021-2022 AST Board of Directors (BOD) is now open! Four seats are being contested this year, and there will be at least two vacancies from current board members not running for re-election. Nominations should be submitted through this Google Form by Midnight GMT on Wednesday, July 7, 2021

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to the BOD election slate, please be aware of the AST By-laws, which are explicit:

  • Nominees must have become AST Members prior to August 1, 2020, and remained a member continuously since then
  • All nominations must be seconded by another member of AST

Additionally, we are looking for the following in effective board members:

  • Nominees should have demonstrated a track record of supporting the mission of AST
  • Candidates should not own or operate conferences or initiatives that compete with AST programs

Members of the Executive and Board of Directors are expected to be actively engaged in the leadership of the AST including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Participation in regular calls (executives)
  • Attending three in-person board meetings in North America per year (one held at CAST)
  • Involvement in the day to day operations
  • Involvement in current and future projects

About Serving on the Board

Remember, running for the Board is a public service to your profession and your fellow testers. It requires dedication, sacrifice, and commitment. If you get elected, someone else will be turned away. Make sure that you are willing and able to serve your community.

There is a significant amount of work necessary just to keep the lights on at AST – BBST, CAST, Grants, the website, and so forth. Serving on the board is a duty and a responsibility to the membership and the people who brought the organization this far.

AST, like any organization, needs new ideas. Still, new initiatives or programs need lots of energy and time that might be better invested in AST core programs. There are many things that AST could do, but sustaining the programs that have already proven they add value for the community comes first.

Board members are expected to attend three board meetings a year. Reasonable travel expenses for those whose employers do not cover them can be provided by AST. Board members are expected to monitor and participate regularly in our Slack instance, and write a few blog posts. Some do more. There is no geographic restriction on being a board member, as long as you can attend meetings and do the work. For executive committee members, including all officers, there are monthly conference calls and additional responsibilities attached.

Board Members currently spend between 2-20 hours/month on AST. Involvement varies depending on role and is expected to be variable throughout the year. Employment and family can make it hard to find the AST time. We ask candidates to think about their commitment in time and energy.

Outline of Election Proceedings

  • June 14: Nominations Opened
  • July 7: Nominations Close
  • July 15: Candidates Announced
  • Around July 28: Candidate Forum/Q&A hosted by AST
  • Voting opens August 1 and closes August 15
  • Late August: 2021-2022 AST Board of Directors Announced

The Elections Committee,
Rachel Kibler
Chris Kenst