The ACPA—College Student Educators International Leader Nomination and Election process provides a defining moment in the development of our Association. It is an opportunity to ensure that people with the necessary competencies are leading ACPA and providing governance that will fulfill the objectives of the Association. It is also an opportunity for new leaders to contribute to long lasting sustainable goals and outcomes. The mission of the Association is to support and foster college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policies, practices, and programs, for student affairs and student services professionals and the higher and tertiary education community.

Our Association’s leaders should represent the increasing diversity of our membership as well as have a demonstrated commitment and capacity to deliver on the strategic priorities of ACPA. Equity, diversity, and inclusion competencies are critical requirements of leadership in ACPA. Embedding and integrating equity, diversity, and inclusion into the Association’s core activities is an ongoing, critical responsibility. As part of ACPA’s legacy, we have a renewed commitment to these competencies and their application.

These competency elements must include knowledge, skills, and experiences engaging and partnering with individuals and groups from multiple and intersecting identities with the capacity to integrate diverse views and information into leadership decision-making. ACPA leaders work to champion the interests of students, faculty, and staff ensuring high standards of quality and consistent service, support, and growth for our membership.

Special Election: Assembly Coordinator for State Chapters

Due to a mid-year leadership vacancy, the ACPA Nominations & Elections Committee is pleased to announce a Special Election process to select the next Assembly Coordinator for State Chapters. 

Application and Election Timeline:

  • 9 July, 2018: Nomination and Application forms available
  • 27 July, 2018: Applications deadline at 11:59pm EST
  • 6-17 August, 2018: Voting open for ACPA members
  • 22 August, 2018: Election results announced

To Apply:

Interested candidates should complete the Application Form found here by 11:59pm EST on 27 July, 2018. 

To Nominate:

Nominations are welcome by colleagues of eligible candidates. To nominate a candidate for the position, please complete the Nomination Form found here. We will notify the individual that they have been nominated, but it will be the interested candidate’s responsibility to complete the actual Application Form by the 27 July, 2018 deadline.

Ballots to vote will be sent to all current ACPA members on 6 August, 2018 by email.

For more information about the Election process, please contact Chris Moody, Acting Executive Director 


2019 Election Information

Open Positions

Elected Governing Board positions:

  • Vice President (will be the 2020-2021 ACPA President and will preside over the 2021 Annual Convention in Long Beach, CA)
  • Member at Large Faculty - Elect (serve as Elect in 2019-2020; actual term is 2020-2022)
  • Member at Large Mid-Level - Elect (serve as Elect in 2019-2020; actual term is 2020-2022)
  • Director of External Relations-Elect (serve as Elect in 2019-2020; actual term is 2020-2022)
  • Director of Membership Development-Elect (serve as Elect in 2019-2020; actual term is 2020-2022)

Appointed Governing Board positions:

  • Director of Research & Scholarship-Elect (serve as Elect in 2019-2020; actual term is 2020-2022)

Elected Assembly Leadership positions:

  • Assembly Coordinator for Commissions

Election Timeline

Application & Nomination forms available 4 September 2018
Nomination Form closes 12 October 2018
Application forms due by 12 midnight EST 19 October 2018
Elections open for member voting until 12midnight EST 19 November-
7 December
Election results announced to membership 4 January 2019

A Bit the About ACPA Governing Board and Assembly Leadership Positions:

  • As ACPA is a non-profit organization (registered 501c3), we are required to meet certain legal and business requirements to sustain. The Governing Board operates using an information version of Parliamentary Procedure for conducting business meetings, and newly elected officers will receive training and guidance for participating in these meetings.

  • Participating in the ACPA Governing Board is more like being a trustee of a college and university campus. The Governing Board is responsible for ACPA’s financial wellbeing, strategic planning, and business practices and not as involved in day-to-day operations, programs, or services as most might think. Many apply for Governing Board and Assembly leadership positions because they have had positive and meaningful experiences in programming or services on behalf of the Association, and are surprised by the business-oriented nature of carrying out ACPA’s fiduciary duties.

  • The positions available in this election require various levels and amounts of time and commitment.

    • Vice President applicants should expect to spend 15-20 hours per week for the next three years on ACPA-related meetings, communications, and projects;

    • Director positions on the Governing Board support the oversight of a specific functional area of ACPA, and participate in more meetings and projects than the Member-at-Large positions. Director applicants should expect to spend 10-15 hours per week for the next three years on ACPA-related meetings, communications, and projects;

    • Member-at-Large positions provide voice on a variety of association topics, but are not responsible for oversight of any one area of ACPA. Member-at-Large applicants should expect to spend 5-10 hours per week for the next three years on ACPA-related meetings, communications, and projects;

    • Assembly Coordinator positions provide leadership for their entity groups, but also participate in all Governing Board activities. As a result, Assembly Coordinator applicants should expect to spend 10-15 hours per week for the next three years on ACPA-related meetings, communications, and projects.

  • Participation in all Governing Board and Assembly Leadership meetings is expected for these positions. The full Governing Board meets on the second Friday of every month for two hours, in person at the annual ACPA Convention, and in person at the June/July Leadership Meeting.

  • To assist in providing more information about the nomination and election process, the available positions, and the ACPA governance structure and responsibilities, we will be hosting Interest Webinars on the following dates and times. We highly encourage interested individuals to participate in one of these sessions (all sessions will have the same content):

    • dates and times to be determined, check back soon!