November 29, 2001
They may not be throwing their hats in the ring, but they do shape the election process. The AALL Executive Board appointed three members in November to serve on the 2002-2003 AALL Nominations Committee, the body that chooses the candidates for the Executive Board elections.
Rhea Ballard-Thrower of Howard University, Washington, D.C.; Regina Wallen of Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.; and Georgiana Gekas Wellford of the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, Richmond, Va., commence their two-year terms on the Nominations Committee on Jan. 1, 2002. They join continuing committee members Chair Paul George of Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.; John Eichstadt of the Harris County Law Library, Houston, Texas; John Lai of Shearman and Sterling, New York City; and Linda Will of Greenberg Traurig, Miami, Fla., who will serve out their terms through Dec. 31, 2002.
"I'm honored to serve in this capacity," said Ballard-Thrower, upon hearing of her appointment.
In the fall of 2002, the seven-member committee will present a slate of suitable candidates for the 2003 elections to the Executive Board. They will choose two candidates to vie for the position of vice president/president-elect and four candidates to contend for two open seats on the Executive Board. In accordance with its charge, the committee must choose candidates that reflect the diversity of AALL's membership, thus ensuring that the members of the Executive Board represent a balance of library types, geographic locations, genders and minorities.
"The Nominations Committee is looking forward to providing the membership with an exciting, diverse slate of candidates for the next election. Our success in doing this will depend greatly on suggestions from AALL members," Chair Paul George said. "Therefore, we strongly encourage people to submit to us the names of people they would like to see in leadership positions in our Association."
For the 2003 elections, ballots will be mailed to all voting members of the Association in March 2003. The ballots will be tabulated at AALL Headquarters and the election results announced immediately thereafter in April 2003.