Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

Board of Director Elections

The NWACUHO Board of Directors is democratically elected by the members of the association in accordance with our Association’s bylaws and Elections Policy. This year, several terms of directors and officers are coming to an end and therefore the positions will be up for election.

This is a fantastic opportunity to give back to our region and support the professional development of our members. Successful candidates will be able to play an instrumental role in the management of an international professional association. From budgets to event planning to risk management, service on the NWACUHO board can expose you to a wide variety of ACUHO-I’s Core Competencies and help you develop your professional skills and network, which is a benefit not only to individuals but also to the institutions that support them. Commitments range from 2 to 3 years, promising successful candidates a wide breadth of exposure and opportunities to enrich the housing profession.

To learn more about the specific duties of these positions, please read page 13 of our bylaws. You are also welcome to reach out to the incumbent in each role for questions; their contact information is located on our Board of Directors page.

Available Positions

President-Elect – Three Year Term

Corporate Relations Director – Two Year Term

Communications Director – Three Year Term

Alaska State Representative – Two Year Term

British Columbia Provincial Representative – Two year Term

Washington State Representative – Two Year Term


Why are we asking for videos?

Past President Craig Whitton has a few words on this year’s election process:


Position Information

Position descriptions for all board of director positions are available online. We would also strongly encourage you to review the Association’s Bylaws, which have a more detailed description of positions, starting on page 13. You can also contact the person currently in the position you’re interested in with additional questions.

Elections Timeline:

    • Call for nominations & applications: November 6th, 2017
    • Completed Applications due: January 12th, 2018 by 11:59 PM PST
    • Election orientation for all applicants sent via email: January 15th, 2018
    • Candidate Information available online: January 17th, 2018
    • Advanced Polls Open via e-mail (past-pres@nwacuho.org): February 2nd, 2018
    • Advanced Polls Close: February 12, 2018
    • Elections: February 14th, 2018
    • New board members sworn in: February 14th, 2018
  • MANDATORY Board Orientation: February 15th, 2018

To Apply

All application materials must be submitted via the online form.

Any files that cannot be uploaded to the above form must be submitted to past-pres@nwacuho.org by the deadline (January 12th, 2018).

Additionally, all questions can be directed to the Past-President at past-pres@nwacuho.org.


What are the attendance requirements to run for a position?

As per the Institutional Support Form, you need to be present at Board Training as your first official duty, which is the day after the conference ends, as well as several board meetings throughout the year.

What if a member institution can’t be present in-person during the election?

The business meeting and election will be live-streamed so members not present can still participate in and vote during the business meeting and election. Members can also vote in Advanced Polls, but in so doing they lose their right to participate in the Q&A. Finally, members can designate, in writing, another individual to act as Proxy even if that individual is not employed by their institution.

Can a candidate run for more than one position?

Yes. However, if elected for a position, they will have to accept the position and withdraw from consideration for other positions; or, turn down the position they were elected for to continue running for other positions. We discourage candidates from running for multiple positions and instead focus on the position they are really interested in.

Do I need to include a reference or support letter from my supervisor or my institution?

No. The institutional support form is accepted in the place of a letter of reference or support from your institution. The institutional support form outlines both time and financial commitments of serving on the board of directors.

Declaring your Candidacy

  1. Read through this page for FAQs and application information.
  2. Read the Video Guidelines below:
    1. Videos must be a maximum of 90 seconds.
    2. Videos must be one continuous take with no editing.
    3. Candidates may record themselves or request assistance from someone else to record them
    4. Candidates are free to record in any setting they wish, however they are strongly encouraged to be mindful of background noise and bad lighting. It is advised that you record in a quiet room with overhead lights; avoid recording in front of windows.
    5. Members will see whatever video you submit.
  3. Record a 90 second video of yourself telling the members the following:
    1. Your Name
    2. The Board position you are declaring your candidacy for
    3. What you wish to do for the Association in that role, and why you would be a good candidate.
  4. Prepare a Letter of Interest. This letter will be shared publicly, and should tell the members the following:
    1. Basic information about you (Name, institution, etc.)
    2. Why you would be a good candidate for the Board of Directors
  5. Fill out the Institutional Support Form.
  6. Find an adequate photograph for the website of yourself, minimum resolution of 640×480.
  7. When you have completed your video and your letter, fill out the nomination form.
  8. Email past-pres@nwacuho.org your:
    1. Photograph for the website and member institutions
    2. Institutional Support Form
    3. Letter of Interest

Election Process

Elections will be held during the Business Meeting at the NWACUHO Annual Conference from February 12th-14th, 2018. Candidates are STRONGLY encouraged to attend this conference.

Videos for each position will be reviewed by the present membership. 5 minutes of Q&A will be followed by a vote of all member institutions.

In order to support expanded member engagement, videos and letters of interest will be posted on the NWACUHO website approximately 3 weeks prior to the election. Member institutions may review these materials and cast an advanced vote if they do not plan to be in attendance at the conference. They may also designate a proxy voter from another institution (provided they are able to show written proof of this designation).

In person votes and advanced votes will be tallied and the elected candidate will be declared.

Candidates who are elected are required to attend a 3 hour orientation on the morning Thursday, February 15th. It is STRONGLY advised that candidates book flights accordingly so they do not have to re-book if they are successful.